mis·​date ˌmis-ˈdāt How to pronounce misdate (audio)
misdated; misdating

transitive verb

: to date (something) wrongly: such as
: to note down, record, or mark (something) with an incorrect date
She said she was taking narcotic pain medications at the time and that this led to her misdating the form.Amy Karon
: to incorrectly determine the period of time to which (something) belongs
… he misdates the Second Great Awakening, mistakes Puritans for Pilgrims …Randall Balmer

Examples of misdate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Someone had misdated the letters as originating from the 1520s and mistakenly cataloged the content as pertaining to Italy. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 20 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misdate was in 1577

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“Misdate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misdate. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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