post·​date | \ ˌpōs(t)-ˈdāt How to pronounce postdate (audio) , ˈpōs(t)-ˌdāt \
postdated; postdating; postdates

Definition of postdate

transitive verb

1a : to date with a date later than that of execution postdate a check
b : to assign (an event) to a date subsequent to that of actual occurrence
2 : to follow in time

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Examples of postdate in a Sentence

We sent the company a postdated check for next month's payment. the inscription at the base actually postdates the statue itself by a number of years
Recent Examples on the Web Coralie Mills of Dendrochronicle found that the samples of timbers retrieved from the riverbed were native oak, a wood rarely found at Scottish sites that postdate 1450. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Remnants of Scotland’s Oldest Surviving Bridge Found," 30 Oct. 2020 Four of the ten Indian Ocean Dipoles that have occurred since 1240 postdate 1960. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Findings," 23 June 2020 Mel Dacus left Casa in 1975, so most of Brent Dacus’ work and all of Reynold’s work at the theater postdate their father and grandfather there. Punch Shaw, star-telegram, "At 60, this cultural district playhouse shows no signs of slowing down | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 10 May 2018 A pane of glass reveals a bright office space inside: a lounge, rows of workstations, people who mostly postdate 1980. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "More From the New Yorker," 2 Apr. 2007 The Times had been investigating whether Ms. Coico’s expenses were accurately recorded, or whether some had been postdated. David W. Chen, New York Times, "President of City College Quits Abruptly Amid Scrutiny of Her Finances," 7 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of postdate

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Postdate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of postdate

: to give (something) a date that is later than the actual or current date
: to exist, happen, or be made at a later time than (something)

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