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[pree-deyt] /ˈpriˈdeɪt/
verb (used with object), predated, predating.
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
1860-65; pre- + date1
Can be confused
antedate, predate, postdate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for predate
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for predate


verb (transitive)
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 predate

"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
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