|Origin:||précéder, from Latin praecedere 'to go in front'|
pre‧cede W3 [transitive] formal
to happen or exist before something or someone, or to come before something else in a series [↪ preceding]:
a type of cloud that precedes rain
Lunch will be preceded by a short speech from the chairman.
to go somewhere before someone else:
The guard preceded them down the corridor.