1. [ verb ] be earlier in time; go back further
Synonyms: forego antedate antecede predate

"Stone tools precede bronze tools"

Related terms: postdate precedent antecedent priority
2. [ verb ] come before
Synonyms: predate

"Most English adjectives precede the noun they modify"

Related terms: lie lie precession
3. [ verb ] be the predecessor of
Synonyms: come_before

"Bill preceded John in the long line of Susan's husbands"

Related terms: succeed predecessor precession
4. [ verb ] move ahead (of others) in time or space
Synonyms: lead
Related terms: follow travel lead precession
5. [ verb ] furnish with a preface or introduction
Synonyms: preface introduce premise

"She always precedes her lectures with a joke" "He prefaced his lecture with a critical remark about the institution"

Related terms: state preamble prologize foreword
Similar spelling:   precedent