verb (used with object)
before the actual time; antedate:
He predated the check by three days.
to precede in
a house that predates the Civil War.
Can be confused
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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Some objectionable textbooks predate the party's accession to power.
Battery-powered automobiles predate the use of internal combustion engines.
Many of the island's trails predate the park, having served as connectors between some of the roadless villages.
However, many of the problems he describes predate the information era.
In some cases, the spills date back to previous owners and predate environmental regulations.
We already have one, and the characters there mostly predate the attraction.