Do you cook chicken and beef before using it in crock pot recipes?

I feel like this is such a stupid question, but I have all these great recipes to use in my slow cooker and they all say "put 2 chicken breasts in the slow cooker" or "put 2 cups of chopped beef in the slow cooker" but no one says if it's supposed to be raw or cooked! Literally, NONE of my... show more I feel like this is such a stupid question, but I have all these great recipes to use in my slow cooker and they all say "put 2 chicken breasts in the slow cooker" or "put 2 cups of chopped beef in the slow cooker" but no one says if it's supposed to be raw or cooked! Literally, NONE of my recipes specify.

I know this is dumb, but should I be cooking the meat in a pan before putting it in my slow cooker?
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