Complete Definition of "predate"

see|pre-date
English

Etymology 1
From pre- 'before' + date

Pronunciation
IPA|/ËąpriËźËĆdeɪt/ or /ËĆpri˟˹deɪt/
rfap

Verb
en-verb|predates|predating|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 more correct term for this usage.)

#: The Japanese use of Pascal's Triangle predates its discovery by Blaise Pascal.

Usage notes
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.

Synonyms
italbrac|to designate a date earlier: antedate

Antonyms
italbrac|to designate a date earlier: postdate

Noun
en-noun

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

Etymology 2
From predation, predator

Pronunciation
IPA|/ËąpriËźdeɪt/

Verb
en-verb|predates|predating|predated

  1. To prey upon something.

Synonyms
italbrac|to prey upon: prey

Related terms
predation
predator

fa:predate
vi:predate
zh:predate

Revision and Credits for"predate"
  • 2007-09-10 02:15 - Connel MacKenzie - Reverted edits by [[Special:Contributions/194.144.87.74|194.144.87.74]] ([[User_talk:194.144.87.74|Talk]]); changed back to last version by [[User:71.59.235.4|71.59.235.4]]

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