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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. [1913 Webster] 2. To go before in place, rank, or importance. [1913 Webster] 3. To cause to be preceded; to preface; to introduce; -- used with by or with before the instrumental object. [R.] [1913 Webster] It is usual to precede hostilities by a public declaration. --Kent. [1913 Webster] Precedence