from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Existing or coming before another or others in time, place, rank, or sequence; previous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Occurring before or in front of something else, in time, place, rank or sequence.
  • v. Present participle of precede.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Going before; -- opposed to following.
  • adj. In the direction toward which stars appear to move. See Following, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of a person who has held and relinquished a position or office
  • adj. existing or coming before


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