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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [pri-see-ding]
    • /prɪˈsi dɪŋ/
    • /prɪˈsiː.dɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [pri-see-ding]
    • /prɪˈsi dɪŋ/

Definitions of preceding word

  • adjective preceding that precedes; previous: Refer back to the footnote on the preceding page. 1
  • verb with object preceding to go before, as in place, order, rank, importance, or time. 1
  • verb with object preceding to introduce by something preliminary; preface: to precede one's statement with a qualification. 1
  • verb without object preceding to go or come before. 1
  • noun preceding Journalism. copy printed at the beginning of a news story presenting late bulletins, editorial notes, or prefatory remarks. 1
  • abbreviation PRECEDING previous 1

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Origin of preceding

First appearance:

before 1485
One of the 25% oldest English words
First recorded in 1485-95; precede + -ing2

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Parts of speech for Preceding


preceding popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 94% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for preceding

adj preceding

  • abovementioned — mentioned or written above: The role was sung by the abovementioned Mr. Phillips.
  • aforementioned — If you refer to the aforementioned person or subject, you mean the person or subject that has already been mentioned.
  • aforesaid — Aforesaid means the same as aforementioned.
  • antecedent — An antecedent of something happened or existed before it and was similar to it in some way.
  • anterior — Anterior describes a part of the body that is situated at or towards the front of another part.

adv preceding

  • ahead — Something that is ahead is in front of you. If you look ahead, you look directly in front of you.
  • antecedently — in an antecedent manner
  • before long — If you say that something will happen or happened before long, you mean that it will happen or happened soon.
  • bright and early — very early in the morning
  • in advance — to move or bring forward: The general advanced his troops to the new position.

prep preceding

  • before — If something happens before a particular date, time, or event, it happens earlier than that date, time, or event.
  • in front of — the foremost part or surface of anything.

adjective preceding

  • above — If one thing is above another one, it is directly over it or higher than it.
  • aforestated — Stated earlier in a document.
  • attributive — relating to an attribute
  • erstwhile — Former.
  • ex — (of goods) sold direct from.

adverb preceding

  • onwards — toward a point ahead or in front; forward, as in space or time.

Antonyms for preceding

adj preceding

  • after a while — some time later
  • at the same time — If two or more things exist, happen, or are true at the same time, they exist, happen, or are true together although they seem to contradict each other.
  • back — If you move back, you move in the opposite direction to the one in which you are facing or in which you were moving before.
  • back of — the rear part of the human body, extending from the neck to the lower end of the spine.
  • back to back — (of two similar events) following one immediately after the other; in unbroken sequence; consecutively: After losing all day, he picked winners back to back in the last two races.

adverb preceding

adjective preceding

  • ensuing — Present participle of ensue.
  • neoteric — modern; new; recent.
  • next — immediately following in time, order, importance, etc.: the next day; the next person in line.
  • oncoming — approaching; nearing: the oncoming train; the oncoming holiday season.
  • onrushing — Rushing or flowing forward.

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