Definition of backdate
: 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 of backdate from the Web
A DL assignment can be backdated up to three days, which left the Padres another full day to evaluate Margot’s condition.
There are currently some 700,000 backdated patent applications.
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Definition of backdate for English Language Learners
: 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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