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predate

[ pree-deyt ]
/ ˈpriˈdeɪt /
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verb (used with object), pre·dat·ed, pre·dat·ing.
to date before the actual time; antedate: He predated the check by three days.
to precede in date: a house that predates the Civil War.
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Origin of predate

First recorded in 1860–65; pre- + date1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH predate

antedate, predate , postdate
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British Dictionary definitions for predate

predate
/ (priːˈdeɪt) /

verb (tr)
to affix a date to (a document, paper, etc) that is earlier than the actual date
to assign a date to (an event, period, etc) that is earlier than the actual or previously assigned date of occurrence
to be or occur at an earlier date than; precede in time
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