- To precede is defined as to go before or introduce.
- An example of to precede is to be the first in line.
- An example of to precede is to publicly welcome a speaker at an event.
transitive verbpreceded, preceding
- to be, come, or go before in time, place, order, rank, or importance
- to introduce with prefatory remarks, etc.
Origin of precedeMiddle English preceden ; from Middle French précéder ; from Classical Latin praecedere: see pre- and amp; cede
verbpre·ced·ed, pre·ced·ing, pre·cedes
- To come, exist, or occur before in time: A lecture preceded the movie.
- To be in front of or prior to in order: A precedes B in the alphabet.
- To go in advance of: A marching band preceded the float.
- To preface; introduce: preceded her lecture with a funny anecdote.
Origin of precedeMiddle English preceden, from Old French preceder, from Latin praecēdere : prae-, pre- + cēdere, to go; see ked- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present precedes, present participle preceding, simple past and past participle preceded)
- Not to be confused with proceed.
- precede (plural precedes) Brief editorial preface (usually to an article or essay)
- (go before): succeed
Latin praecēdō, from prae- + cēdō