v. come before; antecede
v. to come or go before in time, rank, or position
Most English adjectives precede the noun they modify.
In his last two years as pope, Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests for raping and molesting children, more than twice as many as the two years that preceded a 2010 explosion of sex abuse cases in Europe and beyond
Sentence in Classic:
The Professor took the key, opened the creaky door, and standing back, politely, but quite unconsciously, motioned me to precede him.
These two years rise like two mountains midway between those which precede and those which follow them.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo Context
The principals being all agreed in this respect, it soon appeared that a very few weeks would be sufficient for such arrangements as must precede the wedding.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen Context
Hussey concerning the nearest way to bed; but, as Queequeg was about to precede me up the stairs, the lady reached forth her arm, and demanded his harpoon; she allowed no harpoon in her chambers.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville Context
This state of mental anguish is, however, less terrible than the sufferings that precede or the punishment that possibly will follow.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas Context
Encumbered by his rifle, and, perhaps, not sustained by so deep an interest in the captive as his companions, the scout suffered the latter to precede him a little, Uncas, in his turn, taking the lead of Heyward.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper Context