precede (v.) early 15c., "to occur before," from M.Fr. preceder, from L. praecedere "to go before," from prae "before" (see PRE- (Cf. pre-)) + cedere "to go" (see CEDE (Cf. cede)). Meaning "to walk in front of" is late 15c.; that of "to go before in rank or importance" is attested from mid-15c. Related: Preceded; preceding.

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