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English definition of “preface”

preface

verb [T]     /ˈpref.ɪs/ formal
If you preface your words or actions with something else , you say or do this other thing first: Each work is prefaced by a descriptive note and concludes with an author's note . I should like to preface my response with the following observation .Preceding and introducing
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