Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[verb an-ti-deyt, an-ti-deyt; noun an-ti-deyt] /verb ˈæn tɪˌdeɪt, ˌæn tɪˈdeɪt; noun ˈæn tɪˌdeɪt/
verb (used with object), antedated, antedating.
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
1570-80; earlier antidate < Middle French antidater, derivative of antidate a date earlier than the true date (by association with anté- ante-), originally a date put in place of another date; see ante-, date1
Can be confused
anecdote, antedate, antidote.
antedate, predate, postdate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for antedate
Historical Examples
  • Yes, and Basil now believes he can antedate Adam, and trace some facts about his ancestry that started with a missing link.

    Polly and Her Friends Abroad Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • This would make them antedate July, 1759, which is not true of the bakehouse.

  • There are ruins here and in Yucatan which antedate by centuries anything of recorded history relating to the British Isles.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • So does the species of animal or plant outlast and antedate the lifetime of one man.

    The Arena Various
  • They believe in local spirits who are to be worshiped; some of these are of human origin, and some antedate all human life.

  • Here again Pitt's hopeful nature led him to antedate the course of events.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • We must not antedate a change which is taking place very gradually in the middle of the twelfth century.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • By reading a man does as it were antedate his life, and makes himself contemporary with the ages past.

  • Here is the old church of St. Sergius, which is said to antedate the Moslem conquest.

    The Critic in the Orient George Hamlin Fitch
  • And yet there are many buildings in England still standing that antedate 1725 by many years, some by centuries.

    Journeys to Bagdad Charles S. Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for antedate


verb (transitive) (ˈæntɪˌdeɪt; ˌæntɪˈdeɪt)
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
noun (ˈæntɪˌdeɪt)
an earlier date
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for antedate

1580s, earlier as noun meaning "a backdating, false early date attached to a document or event" (1570s); from Latin ante "before" (see ante) + date (v.1). Related: Antedated; antedating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for antedate

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for antedate

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for antedate