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English verb: precede

1. precede (stative) be earlier in time; go back further

SamplesStone tools precede bronze tools.

Synonymsantecede, antedate, forego, forgo, predate

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Antonymspostdate, follow

2. precede (stative) come before

SamplesMost English adjectives precede the noun they modify.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)lie

3. precede (social) be the predecessor of

SamplesBill preceded John in the long line of Susan's husbands.

Synonymscome before

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s PP

Antonymscome after, succeed, follow

4. precede (motion) move ahead (of others) in time or space


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)head, lead


5. precede (communication) furnish with a preface or introduction

SamplesShe always precedes her lectures with a joke.
He prefaced his lecture with a critical remark about the institution.

Synonymsintroduce, preface, premise

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)say, state, tell

Narrower (hyponym)preamble, prologise, prologize, prologuize

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