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3 definitions found
 for precede
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Precede \Pre*cede"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Preceded; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Preceding.] [L. praecedere, praecessum; prae before
     + cedere to go, to be in motion: cf. F. pr['e]ceder. See
     Pre-, and Cede.]
     1. To go before in order of time; to occur first with
        relation to anything. "Harm precedes not sin." --Milton.
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     2. To go before in place, rank, or importance.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. To cause to be preceded; to preface; to introduce; -- used
        with by or with before the instrumental object. [R.]
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              It is usual to precede hostilities by a public
              declaration.                          --Kent.
        [1913 Webster] Precedence

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  precede
      v 1: be earlier in time; go back further; "Stone tools precede
           bronze tools" [syn: predate, precede, forego,
           forgo, antecede, antedate] [ant: follow,
           postdate]
      2: come before; "Most English adjectives precede the noun they
         modify" [syn: precede, predate]
      3: be the predecessor of; "Bill preceded John in the long line
         of Susan's husbands" [syn: precede, come before] [ant:
         come after, follow, succeed]
      4: move ahead (of others) in time or space [syn: precede,
         lead] [ant: follow]
      5: furnish with a preface or introduction; "She always precedes
         her lectures with a joke"; "He prefaced his lecture with a
         critical remark about the institution" [syn: precede,
         preface, premise, introduce]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  67 Moby Thesaurus words for "precede":
     announce, antecede, antedate, anticipate, be before, be early,
     be the bellwether, beacon, blaze the trail, break ground,
     break the ice, break the trail, come before, come first, create,
     forerun, foreshadow, front, get ahead of, get before, go ahead of,
     go before, go in advance, guide, harbinger, have priority,
     have the start, head, head the line, head the table, head up,
     herald, initiate, introduce, invent, kick off, lap, lead, lead off,
     lead the dance, lead the way, light the way, originate, outrank,
     outstrip, pace, pioneer, play first fiddle, precurse, predate,
     preexist, presage, proclaim, rank, rank first, rank out, rate,
     set the pace, spearhead, stand first, star, take precedence,
     take the initiative, take the lead, take the plunge, usher,
     usher in
  
  

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