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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: précéder, from Latin praecedere 'to go in front'

precede

verb
     
pre‧cede W3 [transitive] formal
1 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.
2 to go somewhere before someone else:
The guard preceded them down the corridor.

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