[ pohst-deyt, pohst- ]
/ poʊstˈdeɪt, ˈpoʊst- /

verb (used with object), post·dat·ed, post·dat·ing.

to date (a check, invoice, letter, document) with a date later than the actual date.
to follow in time: His recognition as an artist postdated his death.

Nearby words

  1. postconsumer,
  2. postcordial,
  3. postcostal anastomosis,
  4. postcranial,
  5. postcubital,
  6. postdated,
  7. postdeterminer,
  8. postdiluvial,
  9. postdiluvian,
  10. postdoc

Origin of postdate

First recorded in 1615–25; post- + date1

Can be confusedantedate predate postdate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for postdate


/ (pəʊstˈdeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to write a future date on (a document), as on a cheque to prevent it being paid until then
to assign a date to (an event, period, etc) that is later than its previously assigned date of occurrence
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper