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Definition of preface verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they preface
    he / she / it prefaces
    past simple prefaced
    -ing form prefacing
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: preface

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