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


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

Middle English preceden, from Old French preceder, from Latin praecēdere : prae-, pre- + cēdere, to go; see ked- in Indo-European roots.

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Latin praecēdō, from prae- + cēdō


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  • According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 1 Thessalonian 4:15

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