- 1Come before (something) in time: a gun battle had preceded the explosionsMore example sentences
go/come before, lead (up) to, pave/prepare the way for, herald, introduce, usher in
- Elections are won and lost not in the four weeks of campaigning but in the long battle of ideas that precedes them.
- There was no mention in the evidence of any explosion preceding this observation.
- One witness reported hearing an explosion precede the fire.
- 1.1Come before in order or position: take time to read the chapters that precede the recipes (as adjective preceding) the preceding pagesMore example sentences
- From there it goes into the long samurai history, each chapter preceded with a page of settings and players to fully set the scene.
- Still, I drew it on the page immediately preceding the most killer page in the whole book.
- The specification proper is preceded by a three page End User License Agreement, in small type.
- 1.2Go in front or ahead of: he let her precede him through the gate
- 1.3 (precede something with) Preface or introduce something with: he preceded the book with a collection of poemsMore example sentences
- Lately my daughter has been preceding her remarks with an excited, ‘Guess what?!’
- My lecturer, Scott [for some reason I can never write about him without preceding his actual name with the words ‘my lecturer’], generally dislikes him, though I myself fail to see why.
- Of course he spoiled the multilateralist feel of the phrase by preceding it with ‘on my orders’ - suggesting he is in charge even of the British army - but the thought was there.
late Middle English: from Old French preceder, from Latin praecedere, from prae 'before' + cedere 'go'.