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[pohst-deyt, pohst-]
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verb (used with object), post·dat·ed, post·dat·ing.
  1. to date (a check, invoice, letter, document) with a date later than the actual date.
  2. to follow in time: His recognition as an artist postdated his death.
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Origin of postdate

First recorded in 1615–25; post- + date1
Can be confusedantedate predate postdate
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verb (tr)
  1. to write a future date on (a document), as on a cheque to prevent it being paid until then
  2. to assign a date to (an event, period, etc) that is later than its previously assigned date of occurrence
  3. to be or occur at a later date than
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Word Origin and History for postdate


also post-date, 1620s, from post- + date (v.1) "to assign a date to, to mark a date on." Related: Postdated; postdating. Intransitive meaning "be of an earlier date" is from 1909.

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