from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To come, exist, or occur before in time.
- transitive v. To come before in order or rank; surpass or outrank.
- transitive v. To be in a position in front of; go in advance of.
- transitive v. To preface; introduce: preceded her lecture with a funny anecdote.
- intransitive v. To come or go before in time, order, rank, or position.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To go before, go in front of.
- v. To have higher rank than (someone or something else).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To go before in order of time; to occur first with relation to anything.
- transitive v. To go before in place, rank, or importance.
- transitive v. To cause to be preceded; to preface; to introduce; -- used with by or with before the instrumental object.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
Latin praecēdō, from prae- + cēdō (Wiktionary)