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Definition of precursor noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈpriˌkərsər//
    precursor (of/to something) (formal)
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  1. 1a person or thing that comes before someone or something similar and that leads to or influences its development synonym forerunner
  2. 2 a stringed instrument that was the precursor of the guitar events that were precursors to revolution
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