- 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[transitive] precede somebody + adv./prep. to go in front of someone She preceded him out of the room. Phrasal Verbsprecede something with something
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NAmE//prɪˈsid//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they precede
he / she / it precedes
past simple preceded
-ing form preceding