Definition of precede verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    precede

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//prɪˈsiːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈsiːd//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they precede
    BrE BrE//prɪˈsiːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈsiːd//
     
    he / she / it precedes
    BrE BrE//prɪˈsiːdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈsiːdz//
     
    past simple preceded
    BrE BrE//prɪˈsiːdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈsiːdɪd//
     
    past participle preceded
    BrE BrE//prɪˈsiːdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈsiːdɪd//
     
    -ing form preceding
    BrE BrE//prɪˈsiːdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈsiːdɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] precede (somebody/something) to happen before something or come before something/somebody 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. in the moments which immediately preceded the earthquake
  2. 2[transitive] precede somebody + adv./prep. to go in front of somebody She preceded him out of the room.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French preceder, from Latin praecedere, from prae ‘before’ + cedere ‘go’. Phrasal Verbsprecede something with something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: precede

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