pre•cedePronunciation: (pri-sēd'), [key]
—v., -ced•ed, -ced•ing,
to go before, as in place, order, rank, importance, or time.
to introduce by something preliminary; preface: to precede one's statement with a qualification.
to go or come before.
copy printed at the beginning of a news story presenting late bulletins, editorial notes, or prefatory remarks.
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