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PRECE'DE, verb transitive [Latin proecedo; proe, before, and cedo, to more.]

1. To go before in the order of time. The corruption of morals precedes the ruin of a state.

2. To go before in rank or importance.

3. To cause something to be before; to make to take place in prior time.

It is usual to precede hostilities by a public declaration. [Unusual.]