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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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. 
  2.  To  go  before  in  place  rank,  or  importance. 
  3.  To  cause  to  be  preceded;  to  preface;  to  introduce;  --  used 
  with  by  or  with  before  the  instrumental  object.  [R.] 
  It  is  usual  to  precede  hostilities  by  a  public 
  declaration.  --Kent. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Preceding  \Pre*ced"ing\,  a. 
  1.  Going  before  --  opposed  to  following. 
  2.  (Astron.)  In  the  direction  toward  which  stars  appear  to 
  move  See  {Following},  2. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  existing  or  coming  before  [syn:  {preceding(a)}]  [ant:  {succeeding(a)}] 
  2:  preceding  in  time  or  order  [syn:  {antecedent}]  [ant:  {subsequent}] 
  3:  of  a  person  who  has  held  and  relinquished  a  position  or 
  office;  "a  retiring  member  of  the  board"  [syn:  {past(a)}, 
  {preceding(a)},  {retiring(a)}] 

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