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Stone tools preceded bronze tools.
  to go or do before
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preceding preceded precede precedes
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Do not confuse precede (related to "going before") with proceed (related to "going forward with an action").
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  • Stone tools preceded bronze tools.
  • In English, most adjectives precede the noun they modify.
  • She always precedes her lectures with a joke.
  • The word cryptic popped into Flora’s head. It was preceded by the word unnecessarily. "Unnecessarily cryptic," said Flora out loud.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses

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  • I motioned for him to precede me into the church.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • ...he said, and leaned back on the line to see if it was possible to gain any on his fish. But he could not and it stayed at  the hardness and water-drop shivering that preceded breaking.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • one of the hens, had laid an egg the preceding day.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • As a Boy with a Reputation, his neighborhood legend preceded him.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • But at last with a great creaking and sighing he heaved up his enormous body, signed to the slaves to precede him with the lights, and went out.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • However, this time, what the Happy Jack staff doesn’t know is that Connor Lassiter’s reputation has preceded him.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind

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  • The fourth question was preceded by a sober instruction: Imagine the White House wanted the unfiltered opinion of its constituents.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • And the sudden, strange darkness that had preceded their arrival?
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The preceding months had seen extensive communications about the ban.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The surreal whirlwind of the preceding weeks had left Walter devastated.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Although once as numerous as the plains buffalo, they had shown a catastrophic decrease during the three or four decades preceding my trip to the Barrens.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Chronicler relaxed slightly, obviously pleased to have his reputation precede him.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • There had been indications that Mary’s ever-increasing presence was disturbing to Sunny, as she had seemed to be practicing more fervently in the preceding weeks, particularly when Mary was over at the house.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Each step I take becomes more of an effort than the one that preceded it.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Rachel preceded the two girls down the aisle to the family bench.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • This was the one aspect of her life that had not changed in the years preceding.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • In the days preceding the ball, if there were moments when Char and the balls weren’t in my mind, they were when I was asleep.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • It wasn’t until I had children of my own that my grandmother told me about her life in Mexico, about a fairy-tale existence with servants, wealth, and grandeur, which had preceded her life in the company farm camp.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • As the announcer listed the deliriously happy events which occurred on the preceding day, I would stand by the map of the world and pinpoint the countries mentioned.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • But Gettysburg did not discourage Colonel E. Porter Alexander, Longstreet’s chief of artillery, who won fame in that battle for directing the barrage that preceded Pickett’s charge.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • His exits, when they were preceded by a little speech, could be dramatic; but his entrances were usually modest.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Above them the milky-white flower had beckoned from the rocks and Krystyna, preceding her up a dizzying path, had called back, "Zosia, I’ll bring it down!"
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • When the tray was loaded so heavily I could scarce lift it, Madam preceded me down the hall and waited by the closed door to the library.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • The sound of scrabbling and muttered imprecations preceded her up the hill, as she fought her way through the entangling bushes on the slope.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Zahra liked him far more than the monarchs who preceded him.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • He’d sat across from me in the armchair nearest the sofa and talked a lot, confusing stuff, although all that really stuck in my mind was the story he’d told of how he met my mother: massive snowstorm, no taxis in sight—when—preceded by a fan of wet snow—an occupied cab had plowed to the corner of Eighty-Fourth and Park.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • There it lay, fixed in future times, preceding death as surely as 99 precedes 100.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Unfortunately, Alex, your reputation precedes you.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • It seemed only about half as long as the year which preceded it.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Burns’s reputation as a hard man had preceded him.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • He waited to let the whole emphasis of the preceding passage disappear and be forgotten.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • His well-earned reputation for savagery preceded him on the streets.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • I’ll be last, or second to last since the girl tribute precedes the boy from each district.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Carlson stepped back to let Slim precede him, and then the two of them went out the door.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • It preceded a voice that was equally hollow, reedy and insubstantial.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • 5 always preceded her mom—even though she spent the whole day working around horses—and Spencer was certain she was allergic.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • In the preceding minutes its whining had been rising in volume to a scream.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • With a stately gravity, he, with the lamp, preceded me down the stairs and along the hall.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • He and I started back across the fields, preceding the others like two seigneurs.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Mr. Fogg and Aouda descended into the cabin at midnight, having been already preceded by Fix, who had lain down on one of the cots.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • An old and unpleasant odor preceded him.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • The text went on to explain that these visions were a result of small strokes that often preceded death.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • The platoon was preparing to move out, checking weapons, going through all the little rituals that preceded a day’s march.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • He is now much recovered from his illness and is continually on the deck, apparently watching for the sledge that preceded his own.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • And Nicholas, who had vainly suffered all the dread that precedes a battle and had spent that happy day in inactivity, was all the more depressed.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • A progression in which each term is equal to the sum of the two preceding terms.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
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Associated words [difficulty]:   precede [1] , precedent [2] , precedence [5]
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