[ pree-deyt ]
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verb (used with object),pre·dat·ed, pre·dat·ing.
  1. to date before the actual time; antedate: He predated the check by three days.

  2. to precede in date: a house that predates the Civil War.

Origin of predate

First recorded in 1860–65; pre- + date1

Words that may be confused with predate

Words Nearby predate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use predate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for predate


/ (priːˈdeɪt) /

  1. to affix a date to (a document, paper, etc) that is earlier than the actual date

  2. to assign a date to (an event, period, etc) that is earlier than the actual or previously assigned date of occurrence

  1. to be or occur at an earlier date than; precede in time

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