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.

Origin of predate

First recorded in 1860–65; pre- + date1
Can be confusedantedate predate postdate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for predated

Contemporary Examples of predated

  • But he was also stoking a sense of grievance among the police that predated the first brick thrown last weekend.

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    Cameron Versus the Police

    William Underhill

    August 12, 2011

  • It not only predated the New Deal, but determined its shape.

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    Obama vs. FDR

    Jeff Shesol

    July 27, 2010

  • The drugs (and the sex and, for that matter, the rock 'n' roll, too) predated the fame, the money, the connections.

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    Chefs on Drugs

    Jason Sheehan

    July 21, 2009

Historical Examples of predated

British Dictionary definitions for predated


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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Word Origin and History for predated



"to seek prey," 1974, a back-formation from predator, etc. Related: Predated; predating. For the word meaning "antedate; pre-exist," see pre-date.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper