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Definition of precede verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they precede
    he / she / it precedes
    past simple preceded
    -ing form preceding
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] precede (somebody/something) to happen before something or come before something or someone in order the years preceding the war His resignation was preceded by weeks of speculation. She preceded me in the job. See the preceding chapter. It had happened during the preceding year.
  2. 2[transitive] precede somebody + adv./prep. to go in front of someone She preceded him out of the room.
  3. Phrasal Verbsprecede something with something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: precede

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