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precede (v.)

early 15c., "lead the way; occur before," from Middle French preceder and directly from Latin praecedere "to go before," from prae "before" (see pre-) + cedere "to go" (from PIE root *ked- "to go, yield"). Meaning "to walk in front of" is late 15c.; that of "to go before in rank or importance" is attested from mid-15c. Related: Preceded; preceding.

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Definitions of precede from WordNet

precede (v.)
be earlier in time; go back further;
Stone tools precede bronze tools
Synonyms: predate / forego / forgo / antecede / antedate
precede (v.)
come before;
Most English adjectives precede the noun they modify
Synonyms: predate
precede (v.)
be the predecessor of;
Bill preceded John in the long line of Susan's husbands
Synonyms: come before
precede (v.)
move ahead (of others) in time or space;
Synonyms: lead
precede (v.)
furnish with a preface or introduction;
She always precedes her lectures with a joke
Synonyms: preface / premise / introduce
From wordnet.princeton.edu