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preface something by something

to begin something by saying, writing, or reading something. I would like to preface my prepared remarks by making a personal observation. Her remarks were prefaced by the reading of a poem.
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preface something with something

to begin something with a particular message. She prefaced her speech with a recitation of one of her favorite poems. Alice prefaced her remarks with a few personal comments.
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2 enables more mobile features with user-submitted video files shared via iPhone and Android (TM) devices, and "email-in" capability where project content can be sent and filed using prefaced email subject lines
He prefaced this with a brief history of iron manufacture in the state, from its beginnings in 1815 through the Civil War and Reconstruction.
This is clearly a more dignified setting, and perhaps it's time to reclaim these objects from scholars who would prefer aesthetic delights to be prefaced by helpings of verbose texts.
Arranged by subject and prefaced by short introductory notes, the puzzles range from algebraic problems such as "Was Fermat Wrong?
Each play in the primary text is prefaced by a brief biography of the playwright: Raffi Arzoomanian: Ellis Island 101 (37-46); William Soroyan: Armenians (47-82); Nishan Parlakian: Grandma, Pray for Me (83-122); Barbara Bejoian: Dance Mama, Dance (123-74); Leslie Ayvazian: Nine Armenians (175-232); Herand Markarian: Mirrors (233-76); William Rolleri and Anna Antaramian: The Armenian Question (277-342); and Joyce Van Dyke: A Girl's War (343-408).
Sections are prefaced with short but informative blurbs on origins, survivability and hardiness of each species.
Each section is prefaced by information about how the category represents common Kerala cuisine, and interesting stories and anecdotes preface each recipe.