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backdate

[bak-deyt]
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verb (used with object), back·dat·ed, back·dat·ing.
  1. to date earlier than the actual date; predate; antedate: Backdate the letter so he'll think I wrote it last week.
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Origin of backdate

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; back2 + date1
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British Dictionary definitions for back-dated

backdate

verb
  1. (tr) to make effective from an earlier datethe pay rise was backdated to August
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Word Origin and History for back-dated

backdate

v.

also back-date, by 1881 (implied in back-dated), from back (adv.) + date (v.1). Cf. antedate. Related: Backdated; backdating.

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