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Definition to go or do before
  • Stone tools preceded bronze tools.
preceded = were before in time
  • In English, most adjectives precede the noun they modify.
  • precede = go before
  • She always precedes her lectures with a joke.
  • precedes = leads or introduces
  • one of the hens, had laid an egg the preceding day.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • preceding = prior (the day that came before this)
  • I motioned for him to precede me into the church.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • precede = go before
  • However, this time, what the Happy Jack staff doesn't know is that Connor Lassiter's reputation has preceded him.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • preceded = arrived before
  • It was your journal of the four months that preceded my creation.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • preceded = were before
  • His well-earned reputation for savagery preceded him on the streets.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • preceded = went before
  • In the preceding scene, I played Pinkerton, the womanizing cad, and my friend Marc from school ....
    David Henry Hwang  --  M. Butterfly
  • preceding = previous
  • If any adjective ever preceded her introduction, it was always one of pride: "my full sister, Lindsay"; "my whole sister, Lindsay"; "my big sister, Lindsay."
    J.D. Vance  --  Hillbilly Elegy
  • preceded = went before
  • 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
  • precede = go before
  • Carlson stepped back to let Slim precede him, and then the two of them went out the door.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • precede = go before
  • 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
  • preceded = led (something was before something else)
  • I had been awake the whole of the preceding night, my nerves were agitated, and my eyes inflamed by watching and misery.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • preceding = prior (the most recent to pass)
  • This day was passed in the same routine as that which preceded it.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • preceded = was before
  • Your reputation precedes you.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • precedes = arrived earlier
  • I trembled excessively; I could not endure to think of, and far less to allude to, the occurrences of the preceding night.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • preceding = prior
  • The horrible scene of the preceding day was forever acting before my eyes; the females were flying and the enraged Felix tearing me from his father's feet.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • preceding = prior
  • I was undisturbed by thoughts which during the preceding year had pressed upon me, notwithstanding my endeavours to throw them off, with an invincible burden.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • preceding = prior
  • There was a story that the present box had been made with some pieces of the box that had preceded it, the one that had been constructed when the first people settled down to make a village here.
    Shirley Jackson  --  The Lottery
preceded = come before

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