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. [1913 Webster]

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.] [1913 Webster]

It is usual to precede hostilities by a public declaration. --Kent. [1913 Webster]

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