precede - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participlepreceding
past tensepreceded
past participlepreceded
  1. 1
    to happen or exist before another person or thing

    The paragraph that precedes this one is unclear.

    1. a.
      to come before someone or something else in a series

      Verbs are usually preceded by the subject in English.

  2. 2
    to be more important, or to have a higher rank, than someone or something else