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At the rear of the house she shook off his arm and preceded him around the building.

Nor did the service of praise which preceded the election induce a milder spirit.

Two of these men walked abreast, the other preceded them a few steps.

His fame had preceded him, and he became the lion of society.

At this very moment the soldiers, preceded by a magistrate, entered the room.

I suspect, however, that it followed just as the natural consequence of all that preceded.

Mr. Smith and Mr. Brown were the clergymen who preceded him.

His fame had preceded him to London, where he soon found abundant employment.

I had preceded my sister, and was at the theatre on the evening when she arrived with the Pretty Lady.

As he preceded me I heard him murmur ecstatically: "Sush is life."

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "lead the way; occur before," from Middle French preceder and directly from Latin praecedere "to go before," from prae "before" (see pre-) + cedere "to go" (see cede). Meaning "to walk in front of" is late 15c.; that of "to go before in rank or importance" is attested from mid-15c. Related: Preceded; preceding.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.