Christina preceded her classmates in the lunch line at the school cafeteria.
- An example of to precede is to be the first in line.
- An example of to precede is to publicly welcome a speaker at an event.
transitive verb-·ced′ed, -·ced′ing
- to be, come, or go before in time, place, order, rank, or importance
- to introduce with prefatory remarks, etc.
Origin of precedeMiddle English preceden from Middle French précéder from Classical Latin praecedere: see pre- and cede
verbpre·ced·ed, pre·ced·ing, pre·cedes
- To come, exist, or occur before in time: A lecture preceded the movie.
- To be in front of or prior to in order: A precedes B in the alphabet.
- To go in advance of: A marching band preceded the float.
- To preface; introduce: preceded her lecture with a funny anecdote.
Origin of precedeMiddle English preceden from Old French preceder from Latin praecēdere prae- pre- cēdere to go ; see ked- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present precedes, present participle preceding, simple past and past participle preceded)
- Not to be confused with proceed.
- precede (plural precedes) Brief editorial preface (usually to an article or essay)
- (go before): succeed
Latin praecÄ“dÅ, from prae- + cÄ“dÅ