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preface (something) by (doing something)

To do something as an introduction to something else. Often used in passive constructions. Let me preface this statement by first apologizing unreservedly for what has happened. She prefaced her speech by reading well wishes written friends and family from around who couldn't make it to the wedding. The ceremony was prefaced by a performance by the school choir.
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preface (something) with (doing something)

To recite something as an introduction to something else. Often used in passive constructions. Let me preface this statement with an unreserved apology for what has happened. We should always preface these board meetings with a reading of the previous meeting's minutes.
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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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In the present work he provides a French translation for the first time to Campanella's defense of Galileo together with the facing Latin text, prefaced by an Introduction of 175 pages, followed by more than 130 pages of extensive, valuable annotation.
1777 Bell, who planned to publish a volume each week, inaugurated his series by offering Milton's works prefaced with the life by Elijah Fenton for sale in London.
Bellenden's translation was published in 1536 as The History and Chronicles of Scotland, prefaced by an original poem entitled A Proheme to the Cosmographe that was later reprinted separately under the various titles of Vertue and Vyce and An Allegory of Virtue and Delyte.