verb (1)
pre·​date | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈdāt How to pronounce predate (audio) \
predated; predating; predates

Definition of predate

 (Entry 1 of 2)


verb (2)
pre·​date | \ pri-ˈdāt How to pronounce predate (audio) \
predated; predating; predates

Definition of predate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive + intransitive

: 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)

Antonyms: Verb (1)

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Others, like Hopin and Run the World, whose origins predate the pandemic, are focusing on corporate and academic conferences. New York Times, "The Race to Fix Virtual Meetings," 17 Feb. 2021 The lazy version here has to do with all the stories from books, TV shows, comic books, and games that predate Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm. Adam Rogers, Wired, "WandaVision Brought the Multiverse to Marvel," 11 Feb. 2021 In Velasquez-Manoff's exploration, many of his sources also draw analogies to forms of chronic illness that predate COVID. Ross Douthat, Star Tribune, "Long-haul COVID and the chronic illness debate," 2 Feb. 2021 Williams says some issues, like unsafe school buildings, predate COVID-19. al, "Montgomery teachers call in sick to protest conditions as students return," 14 Oct. 2020 The most recent campaign disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission predate the August primary; a new reporting deadline is approaching. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, "Challenger Alyse Galvin claims US Rep. Young is ducking debates," 1 Oct. 2020 One argument is that state constitutions that predate the U.S. Constitution allowed impeachment after officials left office. Jessica Gresko, ajc, "EXPLAINER: Can Trump be impeached after leaving office?," 19 Jan. 2021 All were made in 2020, but some address concerns that far predate the pandemic. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Middle East artists examine sheltering in place amid pandemic," 15 Jan. 2021 And this time, resentments and prejudices could linger from the pandemic, exacerbating interethnic tensions that predate 2020. Ben Sales,, "New York Jews were ready to unite against anti-Semitism, then COVID happened," 9 Dec. 2020

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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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23 Feb 2021

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“Predate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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