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Existing or coming before in time or order
“And we are off to the races, an unending series of events each caused by the preceding event in the series.”
Having been referenced or stated earlier
“Now that I've said that, allow me to apologize for the grandiloquence and pomposity of that preceding paragraph.”
Having a preliminary, introductory or preparatory nature
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“It is deemed proper to present a general description of the range of the commercial activities of Saint Louis, such as was presented in a preceding report on the internal commerce of the United States.”
Of, relating to, belonging to, or occurring in, a former time (near the beginning)
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Modifying a noun, while in the same phrase as that noun
Preceding before or previous to
Present participle for to occur before an event or time
“Symptoms of the common cold usually precede onset.”
Present participle for to go in front or ahead of
“He let her precede him through the gate.”
Present participle for to preface or introduce something with
“So in what I hope will become an annual tradition, I will precede any prospect list with a look back at the finds of the draft.”
Present participle for to create the circumstances to enable (something) to happen or be done
Present participle for to mark or announce the arrival of something
Present participle for to prepare or pave the way for something to occur
(distance oneself from) Present participle for to get a sizable lead in a contest
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