[verb an-ti-deyt, an-ti-deyt; noun an-ti-deyt]
- to be of older date than; precede in time: The Peruvian empire antedates the Mexican empire.
- predate(def 1).
- to assign to an earlier date: to antedate a historical event.
- to cause to return to an earlier time: to antedate one's thoughts by remembering past events.
- to cause to happen sooner; accelerate: The cold weather antedated their departure from the country.
- Archaic. to take or have in advance; anticipate.
- a prior date.
Origin of antedate
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Examples from the Web for antedate
These figures are, however, unreliable, and antedate the Russian Revolution.The Pacific Triangle
This would make them antedate July, 1759, which is not true of the bakehouse.Old Trails on the Niagara Frontier
Frank H. Severance
So does the species of animal or plant outlast and antedate the lifetime of one man.The Arena
The actual beginnings of the town may antedate the Romans, but of this we know nothing.Seaward Sussex
Here again Pitt's hopeful nature led him to antedate the course of events.William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
- to be or occur at an earlier date than
- to affix a date to (a document, etc) that is earlier than the actual date
- to assign a date to (an event, etc) that is earlier than its previously assigned date
- to cause to occur sooner
- an earlier date
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Word Origin and History for antedate
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