To come, exist, or occur before in time
To begin (something) with preliminary or prefatory material
An adverb may precede the verb.
A great analysis was to precede a great synthesis, but it was the synthesis on which Comte's vision was centred from the first.
A moral transformation must precede any real advance.
When there are more than three cheek-teeth, those which precede the last three have succeeded milk-teeth, and are premolars.
Thus, too, each science rests on the truths of the sciences that precede it, while it adds to them the truths by which it is itself constituted.