- 1preface something (with something) to provide a book or other piece of writing with a preface He prefaced the diaries with a short account of how they were discovered. Each chapter is prefaced by a quotation from Shakespeare.
- 2preface something by/with something | preface something by doing something (formal) to say something before you start making a speech, answering a question, etc. I must preface my remarks with an apology. Word Origin late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin praefatia, alteration of Latin praefatio(n-)
BrE BrE//ˈprefəs//; NAmE NAmE//ˈprefəs//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they preface
BrE BrE//ˈprefəs//; NAmE NAmE//ˈprefəs//he / she / it prefaces
BrE BrE//ˈprefəsɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈprefəsɪz//past simple prefaced
BrE BrE//ˈprefəst//; NAmE NAmE//ˈprefəst//past participle prefaced
BrE BrE//ˈprefəst//; NAmE NAmE//ˈprefəst//-ing form prefacing
BrE BrE//ˈprefəsɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈprefəsɪŋ//