Definition of precede in English:



[with object]
  • 1Come before (something) in time.

    ‘a gun battle had preceded the explosions’
    • ‘There was no mention in the evidence of any explosion preceding this observation.’
    • ‘What typically precedes what we call an action is an intention.’
    • ‘Their culture is of prehistoric origin and precedes the arrival of Hinduism to Bali.’
    • ‘He did not consider the developments that directly preceded the beginning of the war.’
    • ‘One witness reported hearing an explosion precede the fire.’
    • ‘The film concentrates on the years immediately preceding the performance of what was to be Barrie's last work, in 1904.’
    • ‘In the period immediately preceding the war, 70 percent of the Polish population opposed any sort of participation.’
    • ‘Patients nearly always have multiple renal cysts, which usually precede development of liver cysts.’
    • ‘This period of warm winters was immediately preceded by a period of unusually cold winters.’
    • ‘The cartilage attack is often preceded by days or weeks of fever, fatigue and weight loss.’
    • ‘Just because an event preceded another event does not mean that it was a cause.’
    • ‘So the relevant exports took place in the six months immediately preceding the imposition of that total ban.’
    • ‘Film directors and community representatives will be in attendance at numerous film screenings, and public forums will precede various films.’
    • ‘Symptoms of the common cold usually precede onset.’
    • ‘The acute presentation is often preceded by years of nondescript gastrointestinal symptoms.’
    • ‘A clear and vivid mental picture must always precede the actual picture on paper.’
    • ‘The numbered ducks had been on sale for £1 each in the weeks preceding the event.’
    • ‘The sound resembles a war cry and always precedes their appearance.’
    • ‘Elections are won and lost not in the four weeks of campaigning but in the long battle of ideas that precedes them.’
    • ‘She was preceded in death by her husband and is survived by two daughters.’
    come before, go before, go in advance of, lead up to, lead to, pave the way for, prepare the way for, set the scene for, herald, introduce, usher in, antecede, predate, antedate
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    1. 1.1 Come before in order or position.
      ‘take time to read the chapters that precede the recipes’
      • ‘Experiment 2 included a preceding context in order to fix the referent of the target word and to exclude singular interpretations.’
      • ‘Otherwise, editing is limited to a brief introduction preceding each selection.’
      • ‘Indeed, modesty is now almost invariably preceded by the word " false".’
      • ‘What has been done in most cases has been simply to select the first page of them showing the date of assent, preceded, of course, by the prorogation.’
      • ‘Given the gory, carnage strewn 250-plus pages that precede that statement, the reader can only nod dumbly in agreement.’
      • ‘There is a complete biography for virtually every artist, and each section is preceded by an introductory essay.’
      • ‘Once you've displayed a page, you can view the two pages preceding or following.’
      • ‘In other words, pages 3 and 4 must follow - not precede - pages 1 and 2.’
      • ‘Immigrants see their lives as chapters in a larger family narrative that precedes and follows their own.’
      • ‘Still, I drew it on the page immediately preceding the most killer page in the whole book.’
      • ‘He contextualizes the work in a well-documented essay that precedes 128 pages of photographs.’
      • ‘Avoid headings that cause you to cross behind and below the preceding aircraft in order to avoid turbulence.’
      • ‘There is a real fear that his lack of form could be affecting those that precede him in the batting order.’
      • ‘The specification proper is preceded by a three page End User License Agreement, in small type.’
      • ‘They precede adjectives: many clever people, not clever many people; my poor friend, not poor my friend.’
      • ‘From there it goes into the long samurai history, each chapter preceded with a page of settings and players to fully set the scene.’
      • ‘They were heading towards the oasis that preceded the valley that lead to the mines.’
      • ‘However, all that is preceded by a chapter by the editor setting out chronologically the events of the cases.’
      • ‘In personal interactions, social bonding typically precedes business matters or requests for help.’
      • ‘The third box begins with a new image or detail that resembles a lead and precedes the bulk of the narrative.’
      foregoing, previous, prior, former, precursory, earlier, above, above-mentioned, aforementioned, above-stated, above-named, antecedent
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    2. 1.2 Go in front or ahead of.
      ‘he let her precede him through the gate’
      • ‘The Frenchman precedes him, but his gaze remains fixed straight ahead as the world record-holder sets off.’
      • ‘The front door open and the sound of laughter preceded them into the kitchen.’
      go ahead of, go in front of, go before
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    3. 1.3precede something with Preface or introduce something with.
      ‘he preceded the book with a collection of poems’
      • ‘If you can precede the criticism with a bit of honest praise, so much the better.’
      • ‘We preceded these hearty mains with two dishes from the rich variety of starters, which include everything from deep fried Brie to Japanese prawns.’
      • ‘The live international television feed was available to every subscribing channel around the world from 45 minutes before kick-off but all the main football countries preceded their coverage with studio-based analysis.’
      • ‘I normally do not precede my reviews with quotes from other critics, but I find that this blurb is particularly sharp and well founded.’
      • ‘Of course he spoiled the multilateralist feel of the phrase by preceding it with ‘on my orders’ - suggesting he is in charge even of the British army - but the thought was there.’
      • ‘The voice was preceded with the sort of chimes you get at airports before a public announcement.’
      • ‘The Thai text explicitly labels the moral as such by preceding each moral with the text,’ This fable teaches us to know that ’.’
      • ‘I have now been to one concert that preceded its actual show with a movie trailer.’
      • ‘More and more often he'd preceded any spoken statements with a guttural noise of some sort.’
      • ‘On another occasion, an enterprising soundman decided to precede every winning entry with a musical fanfare, which delayed the proceedings so much that most of the front row fell asleep.’
      • ‘My lecturer, Scott [for some reason I can never write about him without preceding his actual name with the words ‘my lecturer’], generally dislikes him, though I myself fail to see why.’
      • ‘Lately my daughter has been preceding her remarks with an excited, ‘Guess what?!’’
      • ‘These include executing each action slowly at first; performing thrusts first in the left, and then in the right line; and preceding each exercise with the command ‘Engage the sword!’’
      • ‘Dostoevsky smooths the transition from the usual narrative past tense to the present tense used here by preceding this passage with lengthy narrative digression in which the narrator refers to his own present situation (writing).’
      • ‘At the airport the other day, every announcement was preceded with (at full volume) ‘Attention All Personnel.’’
      • ‘So in what I hope will become an annual tradition, I will precede any prospect list with a look back at the finds of the draft.’
      preface, prefix, introduce, begin, open, launch
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Late Middle English: from Old French preceder, from Latin praecedere, from prae ‘before’ + cedere ‘go’.