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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To exist before (something); precede: Dinosaurs preexisted humans.
  • intransitive v. To exist beforehand.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To exist before something else.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To exist previously; to exist before something else.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To exist before something else; have a prior existence.
  • To exist in a previous state.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. exist beforehand or prior to a certain point in time

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