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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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Over the course of the preceding speech, Song has broken from the U.S. crowd and moved directly upstage of Gallimard.
    David Henry Hwang  --  M. Butterfly
  • As a Boy with a Reputation, his neighborhood legend preceded him.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • preceded = came before
  • ...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
  • preceded = came before
  • In the early months of 1942, this is what preceded the unlawful evacuation and internment of 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • He'd failed a few others over the preceding year.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Will you precede me and explain things, so that he will not be afraid when I come in?
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • Should any of these heirs precede me in death, the deceased's share will go to her (or his) offspring.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • This expedition provokes the Rumanymasunsu famine, which takes over the preceding famines and sweeps across the region.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Although PCP preceded the crack epidemic, it was enough to make blabbering idiots of once-vigorous boys and girls.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running

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