[ pree-deyt ]
/ ˈpriˈdeɪt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. precut,
  2. precycle,
  3. pred.,
  4. predacious,
  5. predacity,
  6. predation,
  7. predation pressure,
  8. predatism,
  9. predator,
  10. predatory

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

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British Dictionary definitions for predates


/ (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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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper