Definition of Predate

1. Verb. Be earlier in time; go back further. "Stone tools precede bronze tools"




2. Verb. Come before. "Most English adjectives precede the noun they modify"
Exact synonyms: Precede
Generic synonyms: Lie
Derivative terms: Precedent, Precedent, Precession

3. Verb. Prey on or hunt for. "These mammals predate certain eggs"
Exact synonyms: Prey, Raven
Generic synonyms: Forage
Derivative terms: Predation, Predation, Prey

4. Verb. Establish something as being earlier relative to something else.
Exact synonyms: Antedate, Foredate
Generic synonyms: Chronologise, Chronologize
Antonyms: Postdate

Definition of Predate

1. v. t. To date anticipation; to affix to (a document) an earlier than the actual date; to antedate; as, a predated deed or letter.

Definition of Predate

1. Verb. To designate a date earlier than the actual one; to move a date, appointment, event, or period of time to an earlier point (contrast "postdate".) ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To exist, or to occur before something else; to antedate (the more correct term for this usage.) ¹

3. Noun. A publication, such as a newspaper or magazine, that is issued with a printed date later than the date of issue. ¹

4. Verb. To prey upon something. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Predate

1. to date before the actual or a specified time [v -DATED, -DATING, -DATES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Predate

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precuts
precutting
precycle
precycled
precycles
precycling
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predacean
predaceans
predaceous
predaceousness
predacious
predacities
predacity
predate (current term)
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predator bug
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Literary usage of Predate

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1. The Critical Review, Or, Annals of Literature by Tobias George Smollett (1812)
"predate moral virtues of much greater worth than any natural or acquired abilities, however conspicuous; the truest and most enlightened patriotism and the ..."

2. International Trade: Issues and Effects of Implementing the Continued by Loren Yager (2006)
"The application of CDSOA to orders that predate the law's enactment raises concern. This is because, for AD/CV relief petitions that were investigated ..."

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