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Meaning & Definition of Precede in English

English

Precede

/prɪsid/

verb

1. Be earlier in time

  • Go back further
  • "Stone tools precede bronze tools"
    synonym:
  • predate
  • ,
  • precede
  • ,
  • forego
  • ,
  • forgo
  • ,
  • antecede
  • ,
  • antedate

2. Come before

  • "Most english adjectives precede the noun they modify"
    synonym:
  • precede
  • ,
  • predate

3. Be the predecessor of

  • "Bill preceded john in the long line of susan's husbands"
    synonym:
  • precede
  • ,
  • come before

4. Move ahead (of others) in time or space

    synonym:
  • precede
  • ,
  • lead

5. Furnish with a preface or introduction

  • "She always precedes her lectures with a joke"
  • "He prefaced his lecture with a critical remark about the institution"
    synonym:
  • precede
  • ,
  • preface
  • ,
  • premise
  • ,
  • introduce

Examples of using

In Asia men usually precede women when walking.