The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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
[1913 Webster] Precedence