Definition of "Precede" :
verb: furnish with a preface or introduction
"She always precedes her lectures with a joke."
verb: move ahead (of others) in time or space
verb: be the predecessor of
"Bill preceded John in the long line of Susan's husbands."
verb: come before
"Most English adjectives precede the noun they modify."
verb: be earlier in time; go back further
"Stone tools precede bronze tools."