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.

1860–65; pre- + date1

antedate, predate, postdate. Unabridged
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predate (priːˈdeɪt)
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 & History

1864, from pre- + date "point in time."
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Example sentences
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.
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