predate

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See also: pre-date

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From pre- +‎ date

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  • IPA(key): /ˈpɹiːˌdeɪt/, /ˌpɹiːˈdeɪt/
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Verb[edit]

predate (third-person singular simple present predates, present participle predating, simple past and past participle predated)

  1. 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".)
  2. (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.
Usage notes[edit]

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.

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Noun[edit]

predate (plural predates)

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

Etymology 2[edit]

Back-formation from predation or predator.

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predate (third-person singular simple present predates, present participle predating, simple past and past participle predated)

  1. To prey upon something.
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  • (to prey upon): prey
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References[edit]

  • predate at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • predate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.

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Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

predate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of predare
  2. second-person plural imperative of predare
  3. feminine plural of predato