go, move

Quick Summary

The Latin root word ced means “go.” This root is the word origin of many English vocabulary words, including accede, secede, and recede. An easy way to remember this root word is by the word precede, for when one thing precedes another, it “goes” before it.

On The Go

The Latin root word ced means “go.”

When one thing precedes another, it “goes” before it. In law, a precedent is a legal decision that has “gone” before or has been legally enacted in the past, and can now be used as a standard or example by which to judge current and future cases. Sometimes states threaten to secede, or “go” apart from the United States to form a separate nation; during the American Civil War, for instance, the South seceded or “went” apart from the Union, an act which began the Civil War.

Antecede, like precede, also means “goes” before. An antecedent is an ancestor, or a person in your family who has “gone” before you. A grammatical antecedent is the noun that “goes” before the relative pronoun; for instance, in the sentence “I shuddered at the Balrog who ate Gandalf,” the antecedent is “Balrog,” to which the relative pronoun “who” refers.

What happens when a man’s hair recedes? It begins to “go” back! Some may wish that destiny would intercede or “go” between them and their receding hair line, hoping for a miracle and sudden restoration. Others may opt for a medical procedure, or a “going” forth, in this case the grafting of hair upon their steadily balding pates. Some resigned men simply accede to the inevitable, valiantly “going” towards their hairless destiny.

Enough has now been “said” about the root ced; it has “gone” towards your ears with plenty of procedural accuracy, so now I will “go” no further!

  1. precede: to ‘go’ before
  2. precedent: that which ‘goes’ before to set an example or standard to be subsequently followed
  3. secede: to ‘go’ apart
  4. antecedent: that which ‘goes’ before
  5. recede: to ‘go’ back
  6. intercede: to ‘go’ between
  7. procedure: a ‘going’ forth
  8. accede: to ‘go’ towards


  • antecedent

    An antecedent of something, such as an event or organization, has happened or existed before it and can be similar to it.

  • unprecedented

    Something that is unprecedented has never occurred before, which makes it extraordinary, original, or new.

  • procedure

    A procedure is a way of doing something, a method for getting something accomplished, or the steps taken to complete something.

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