A precedes B in the alphabet.
A marching band preceded the float.
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.
A lecture preceded the movie.
Preceded her lecture with a funny anecdote.
Origin of precede
- Middle English preceden from Old French preceder from Latin praecēdere prae- pre- cēdere to go ked- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Latin praecÄ“dÅ, from prae- + cÄ“dÅ