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prae-curro , cŭcurri (curri, Liv. 8, 30, 13 Weissenb.), cursum, 3, v. n. and
I.a., to run before, hasten on before, precede (class.; cf.: antecedo, antevenio).
I. Neutr.
B. Trop., to go on before, precede; to surpass, excel: “eo fama jam praecucurrerat de proelio Dyrrhachino,Caes. B. C. 3, 80: “ut certis rebus certa signa praecurrerent,precede, Cic. Div. 1, 52, 118; id. Ac. 1, 12, 45: “alicui studio,id. Cat. 4, 9, 19; so, “alicui,id. de Or. 3, 61, 230.—
II. Act.
A. In gen., to hasten before a person or thing, to precede, go before, anticipate: illud praecurrere cogor, to combat in advance, * Lucr. 1, 371: “aliquem aetate,Cic. Or. 52, 176: “ita praecurrit amicitia judicium,id. Lael. 17, 62: “nec appetitus rationem praecurrant,id. Off. 1, 29, 102.—
B. In partic., to surpass, excel in any quality: “aliquem,Q. Cic. Petit. Cons. 7, 28: “aliquem nobilitate,Nep. Thras. 1, 3: “aliquem judicio,Tac. Or. 22.—Hence, praecurrentĭa , ĭum, n. In rhetoric like antecedentia, things that go before, antecedents, Cic. de Or. 2, 39, 166: “primordia rerum et quasi praecurrentia,id. Part. 2, 7.—* Part. perf.: praecursus , a, um, having preceded: “rumore praecurso,Amm. 18, 2, 1.
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