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Adjective: preceding  pri'see-ding
  1. Existing or coming before
  2. Of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office
    "a preceding member of the board";
    - past, retiring
Verb: precede  pri'seed
  1. Be earlier in time; go back further
    "Stone tools precede bronze tools";
    - predate, forego, antecede, antedate
  2. Come before
    "Most English adjectives precede the noun they modify";
    - predate
  3. Be the predecessor of
    "Bill preceded John in the long line of Susan's husbands";
    - come before
  4. Move ahead (of others) in time or space
    - lead
  5. Furnish with a preface or introduction
    "She always precedes her lectures with a joke";
    - preface, premise, introduce

See also: above, above-mentioned, above-named, antecedent, foregoing, introductory, old, outgoing, precedent, prefatorial, prefatory, premedical, preparative, preparatory, previous, propaedeutic, temporal relation, timing

Type of: go, lie, locomote, move, say, state, tell, travel

Antonym: follow, succeeding