- 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".)
- (transitive) To exist or to occur before something else; to antedate.
- The Chinese use of Pascal's Triangle predates its discovery by Blaise Pascal.
- 2020 May 20, Paul Clifton, “A hydrogen solution to decarbonisation?”, in Rail, page 54:
- "The Tees Valley has ageing diesel trains that predate any form of emission control.
The transitive sense of moving an event to an earlier point is the proper one for "predate." "Antedate" is the correct term for occurring before something else. These terms are frequently misused even in educated writing.
- (to designate a date earlier): antedate, backdate, foredate; see also Thesaurus:backdate
- (to occur before something else): antedate; see also Thesaurus:predate
- (to designate a date earlier): overdate, postdate; see also Thesaurus:overdate
- (to occur before something else): postdate
predate (plural predates)
- A publication, such as a newspaper or magazine, that is issued with a printed date later than the date of issue.
- (General American) IPA(key): /pɹəˈdeɪt/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pɹɪˈdeɪt/
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- To prey upon something.
- (to prey upon): prey
- predate at OneLook Dictionary Search
- predate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.