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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.
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Origin of predate

First recorded in 1860–65; pre- + date1
Can be confusedantedate predate postdate
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Related Words for predates

foreshadow, anticipate, presage, outrank, head, harbinger, lead, pioneer, preface, introduce, pace, scout, usher, rank, time, antedate, herald, guide, antecede, preexist

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verb (tr)
  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
  3. to be or occur at an earlier date than; precede in time
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Word Origin and History for predates



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

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