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Dictionary Definition

precede

Verb

1 be earlier in time; go back further; "Stone tools precede bronze tools" [syn: predate, forego, antecede, antedate] [ant: postdate]
2 come before; "Most English adjectives precede the noun they modify" [syn: predate]
3 be the predecessor of; "Bill preceded John in the long line of Susan's husbands" [syn: come before] [ant: succeed]
4 move ahead (of others) in time or space [syn: lead] [ant: follow]
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" [syn: preface, premise, introduce]

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English

Pronunciation

  • a UK /pɹəˈsɪid/|/pɹɪˈsɪid/|/ˈpɹɪi.sɪid/; /pr@"si:d/|/prI"si:d/|/"pri:.si:d/
  • Rhymes: -iːd

Verb

  1. go before, go in front of
  2. have higher rank than [someone or something else]

Translations

go before, go in front of
have higher rank than

Usage notes

The word precede is often confused with the word proceed.

Italian

Verb form

precede
  1. third-person singular indicative present of precedere

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

announce, antecede, antedate, anticipate, be before, be early, be the bellwether, beacon, blaze the trail, break ground, break the ice, break the trail, come before, come first, create, forerun, foreshadow, front, get ahead of, get before, go ahead of, go before, go in advance, guide, harbinger, have priority, have the start, head, head the line, head the table, head up, herald, initiate, introduce, invent, kick off, lap, lead, lead off, lead the dance, lead the way, light the way, originate, outrank, outstrip, pace, pioneer, play first fiddle, precurse, predate, preexist, presage, proclaim, rank, rank first, rank out, rate, set the pace, spearhead, stand first, star, take precedence, take the initiative, take the lead, take the plunge, usher, usher in
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