back·​date | \ ˈbak-ˌdāt How to pronounce backdate (audio) \
backdated; backdating; backdates

Definition of backdate

transitive verb

: to put a date earlier than the actual one on backdate a memo also : to make retroactive backdate pension rights

Examples of backdate in a Sentence

an increase in salary backdated to the beginning of the year
Recent Examples on the Web Hopkins claimed in the affidavit that post office workers were directed to pick up late ballots and backdate them, which was first reported by the investigative group Project Veritas. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Biden lead in Pennsylvania blows past 50,000 votes," 11 Nov. 2020 Last week, the group's leader, James O'Keefe, shared a video by Pennsylvania postal worker Richard Hopkins claiming that employees in his mail facility were ordered to backdate ballots mailed after Election Day. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "USPS Pennsylvania whistleblower fights claims he recanted voter fraud charge," 11 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel raised another series of claims during a news conference Friday in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., alleging that election workers in Detroit were told to backdate certain ballots. Anchorage Daily News, "Here are the GOP and Trump campaign’s allegations of election irregularities. So far, none have been proved.," 9 Nov. 2020 The other was an allegation from a postal worker in Pennsylvania that a postmaster had instructed workers to backdate ballots mailed after Election Day. Michelle L. Price, Star Tribune, "Military voters fear they're part of unsupported fraud claim," 12 Nov. 2020 Richard Hopkins' claim that a postmaster in Erie, Pa., instructed postal workers to backdate ballots mailed after Election Day was cited by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in a letter to the Department of Justice calling for a federal investigation. Shawn Boburg, Anchorage Daily News, "Pennsylvania postal worker admits fabricating allegations of ballot tampering, officials say," 10 Nov. 2020 The government’s economic blueprint is expected to backdate to July 1 this year income tax cuts that had been set to start in July 2022, and fast track another round due to start in 2024. Michael Heath,, "Australia to Lay Out Fiscal Blueprint to Generate Growth, Jobs," 5 Oct. 2020 Doctors can backdate fractures based on X-rays showing when bone healing began. Stephanie Clifford, The Atlantic, "When the Misdiagnosis Is Child Abuse," 20 Aug. 2020 Three New Jersey Democrats are introducing a bill that would backdate unemployment claims for residents who are having trouble getting through to the Department of Labor of Labor and Workforce Development. Kim Jarrett, Washington Examiner, "New Jersey lawmakers float bill to deal with unemployment backlog by allowing backdating of claims," 5 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of backdate

1822, in the meaning defined above

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“Backdate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of backdate

: to give (something) an earlier date than the actual date
: to say that something began or became effective at a date earlier than the current date

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