date back


: to have come into being (a number of years ago)
a custom that dates back 400 years

Examples of date back in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The group’s repertoire consists mostly of songs that date back 200 to 400 years and which invoke the names of living peoples’ actual relatives and ancestors. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2024 Japan, South Korea and the Philippines are all treaty allies with the United States in partnerships that date back decades and have been crucial to Washington’s military influence in the Pacific since the end of the Second World War. Simone McCarthy, CNN, 12 Feb. 2024 The town’s historic main drag is lined with businesses, some of which date back to 1917 and include Main Street Theatre, founded in the 1930s. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 12 Feb. 2024 Tampa’s mysterious sounds date back to at least 2021. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Jan. 2024 According to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Valieva's four-year ban will date back to the date of the positive test: Dec. 25, 2021. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 30 Jan. 2024 Last but not least are the tensions between Washington and Tehran, which date back to the 1979 Islamic Revolution and have only intensified over the decades. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2024 The sub shop’s origins date back to 1933, when Joe Primanti set up a lunch cart in Pittsburgh’s Strip District to sell sandwiches to hungry truckers. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 16 Jan. 2024 The home also uniquely features roads and trails that date back to the early 1900s. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 10 Jan. 2024 See More

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“Date back.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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