Pre·cede v. t. [imp. & p. p. Preceded; p. pr. & vb. n. Preceding.]
1. To go before in order of time; to occur first with relation to anything. “Harm precedes not sin.”
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.