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Meaning of precede

pre•cede

Pronunciation: (pri-sēd'), [key]
— v., n. -ced•ed, -ced•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to go before, as in place, order, rank, importance, or time.
  2. to introduce by something preliminary; preface: to precede one's statement with a qualification.
—v.i.
  1. to go or come before.
—n.
  1. copy printed at the beginning of a news story presenting late bulletins, editorial notes, or prefatory remarks.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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