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antedate

noun an·te·date \ ˈan-ti-ˌdāt \

Definition of antedate

: a date assigned to an event or document earlier than the actual date of the event or document

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Dinosaurs antedated the first human beings by almost 65 million years, though this stubborn fact never used to stop cartoonists and screenwriters from having the two species inhabit the same story line. Dictionary editors are constantly noticing how the oral use of a word may antedate its first appearance in print by a number of years. Antedating a check or a contract isn't illegal unless it's done for the purpose of fraud (the same is true of its opposite, postdating).

First Known Use of antedate

15th century

in the meaning defined above

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antedate

verb an·te·date \ ˈan-ti-ˌdāt , ˌan-ti-ˈ \

Definition of antedate

antedated; antedating; antedates
1 a : to date as of a time prior to that of execution
b : to assign to a date prior to that of actual occurrence
2 archaic : anticipate
3 : to precede in time

Examples of antedate in a Sentence

  1. The church antedates the village itself.

  2. dinosaurs antedate cavemen by millions of years

First Known Use of antedate

1568

in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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ANTEDATE Defined for English Language Learners

antedate

Definition of antedate for English Language Learners

  • : to give an earlier date rather than the actual date to (something)

  • : to be earlier or older than (something)



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