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Meaning of preceding by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • præceding ( archaic )


    preceding ( not comparable )

    1. Occurring before or in front of something else, in time, place, rank or sequence .
      On the preceding Monday Shobana had gone on vacation .




    1. Present participle of precede .

Explanation of preceding by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. existing or coming before

    2. of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office

    Definition of preceding by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Precede v. t. [imp. & p. p. Preceded; p. pr. & vb. n. Preceding.] [L. praecedere, praecessum; prae before + cedere to go, to be in motion: cf. F. préceder. See Pre-, and Cede.]
      1. To go before in order of time; to occur first with relation to anything. “Harm precedes not sin.” Milton.

      2. To go before in place, rank, or importance.

      3. To cause to be preceded; to preface; to introduce; -- used with by or with before the instrumental object. [R.]

      It is usual to precede hostilities by a public declaration. Kent.

    2. Preceding, a.
      1. Going before; -- opposed to following.

      2. ( Astron. ) In the direction toward which stars appear to move. See Following, 2.