verb (used with object), pre·ced·ed, pre·ced·ing.
- to go before, as in place, order, rank, importance, or time.
- to introduce by something preliminary; preface: to precede one’s statement with a qualification.
verb (used without object), pre·ced·ed, pre·ced·ing.
- to go or come before.
- Journalism. copy printed at the beginning of a news story presenting late bulletins, editorial notes, or prefatory remarks.
- to go or be before (someone or something) in time, place, rank, etc
- (tr) to preface or introduce
v.early 15c., “lead the way; occur before,” from Middle French preceder and directly from Latin praecedere “to go before,” from prae “before” (see pre-) + cedere “to go” (see cede). Meaning “to walk in front of” is late 15c.; that of “to go before in rank or importance” is attested from mid-15c. Related: Preceded; preceding.