verb (1)
pre·date | \(ˌ)prē-ˈdāt \
predated; predating; predates

Definition of predate 

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verb (2)
pre·date | \pri-ˈdāt \
predated; predating; predates

Definition of predate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to prey on (something or someone) Animals predate other animals in nature, but that is hardly commensurate with a massive worldwide farming industry that breeds species purely for our purpose.— Jenny Diski Are high-profile men that sexually predate women finally starting to lose immunity?— Alex McKinnon All cats may predate but those living indoors have little opportunity to do so.— Kevin Stafford There are many species that predate on pigeons and doves.— Revati

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Synonyms & Antonyms for predate

Synonyms: Verb (1)

antecede, antedate, forego, precede, preexist

Antonyms: Verb (1)

follow, postdate, succeed

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Examples of predate in a Sentence

Verb (1)

modes of transportation that predate the car the native people who predated European settlers in America

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To be fair, this crisis, immigration crisis, which more properly should be called a refugee crisis, predates President Trump and has confounded presidents before him. NBC News, "Meet the Press - June 24, 2018," 24 June 2018 But the Royals’ dominance in the ninth inning actually predates that trio. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "After trading Kelvin Herrera, who will the Royals use as their new closer?," 19 June 2018 Increased immigration from Central America predates the Trump administration, says Doris Meissner, who served as President Bill Clinton’s Immigration and Naturalization Service commissioner. José De Córdoba, WSJ, "Migrants Separated From Their Children at U.S. Border Mostly Come From Central America," 18 June 2018 As is true with most policies predating the digital era, however, Secret Service protection only extends to the physical world; candidates and their campaigns are responsible for securing themselves in the digital realm. Nate Fick, Fortune, "Commentary: It’s Time for a Cyber Secret Service," 20 Mar. 2018 The first high-profile Android phone with a notch was the Essential Phone (technically predating the iPhone X!), which shipped with Android 7.1 Nougat and required all sorts of custom work to make the notch work smoothly. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android P Developer Preview arrives with new notification panel, notch support," 7 Mar. 2018 Clackamas County Senior Deputy District Attorney Scott Healy said the number of outstanding kits in the county predating Jan. 1, 2015, appears to be fairly small. Maxine Bernstein,, "Special effort to test old sex assault kits expanding to other counties," 17 Jan. 2018 Its genesis predates even the concept of the commercial export Alaska LNG Project being pursued by Gov. Bill Walker's administration with support from BP. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Army Corps releases final EIS for in-state Alaska gasline," 24 June 2018 Trump's relationship with the Enquirer predates Pecker, but the connection deepened after Pecker took over in 1999. Sarah Ellison,, "National Enquirer let Trump’s lawyer tweak its stories during presidential campaign, sources say," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of predate

Verb (1)

1854, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for predate

Verb (2)

back-formation from predator or predatory

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The first known use of predate was in 1854

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to reject or criticize sharply

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