American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To come, exist, or occur before in time.
- v. To come before in order or rank; surpass or outrank.
- v. To be in a position in front of; go in advance of.
- v. To preface; introduce: preceded her lecture with a funny anecdote.
- v. To come or go before in time, order, rank, or position.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To go before in place; walk in front of; advance before; hence, specifically, to go before in rank or importance; take precedence of.
- To go before in the order of time; occur or take place before; exist before.
- To put something before; preface; introduce as by a preface or prelude.
- To go before in place; walk in front; specifically, to take precedence; have superior authority; hence, to prevail.
- To come first in the order of time; occur or exist previously.
- v. To go before, go in front of.
- v. To have higher rank than (someone or something else).
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To go before in order of time; to occur first with relation to anything.
- v. To go before in place, rank, or importance.
- v. rare To cause to be preceded; to preface; to introduce; -- used with
byor withbefore the instrumental object.
- v. be earlier in time; go back further
- v. move ahead (of others) in time or space
- v. be the predecessor of
- v. furnish with a preface or introduction
- v. come before
- Latin praecēdō, from prae- + cēdō (Wiktionary)
- Middle English preceden, from Old French preceder, from Latin praecēdere : prae-, pre- + cēdere, to go; see ked- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The poured-out bottle might suggest that he thought of me as a pocket-sized prohibitionist minister, a vocation he respected; but the nickname may precede my fears.”
“Christ; wherefore Gregory says in a homily (Hom. vii in Evang.) that therefore did John baptize, "that, being consistent with his office of precursor, as he had preceded our Lord in birth, so he might also by baptizing precede Him who was about to baptize.”
“The last clause seems at first view, to refer to the words which immediately precede, which is to understand our Savior as aggravating the guilt of those who delivered him to Pilate, from the consideration of Pilate's power having been derived from above.”
“From the output one can also see that all Where and Source consumption calls precede any OrderBy calls, since the ordering operator eagerly drains its source before carrying out the ordering and passing the results to its consumer.”
“I be curious to hear more about this "precede" you mentioned, although I highly doubt one could use it to accomplish any form of legal residential use.”
“When "fat and chewy" precede "chocolate chip cookies" you know it's gonna be a good recipe.”
“He is to 'precede' them there, thus lightly indicating the new form of their relations to Him, marked during the forty days by a distance which prepared for his final withdrawal.”
“precede" conventional monetary policy action, central bank policy makers said in the minutes of the meeting released today.”
“The answer is that their syntax had already been fixed by conventional usage when they passed into English from French, whose adjectives typically follow rather than precede nouns.”
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