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

Definition of predate

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

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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 Disney said Disney Plus account passwords being sold in underground hacking forums are coming from previous breaches at other companies, predating last week’s launch of its streaming service. Washington Post, "Last month, Fed officials said the 3 rate cuts of 2019 were enough," 20 Nov. 2019 Some of this Atlantification could help, as highly predated species flood into the Arctic and help to maintain the higher levels of predators in the Arctic food web. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "As the Arctic heats up, what’s in store for its food webs?," 26 Oct. 2019 The list of players seriously injured by bases in just the past few years is lengthy–and predates the current CBA that began in 2017. Tom Verducci,, "'How Many MVPs Have to Go Down?': Scott Boras Is Fed Up With MLB's Unsafe Bases," 23 Sep. 2019 Middletown’s fires largely predated those kinds of supports, and as families relocated, enrollment sank and its budget imploded. Ricardo Cano, The Mercury News, "What wildfires did to one Northern California town’s schools in four years," 19 Sep. 2019 Based on the artifact style, the authors claimed a species predating H. sapiens made the items. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "The World Is Our Niche," 3 June 2019 How could a movie that predates cellphones have deep insight into the economic divide that crushes the majority of workers in today's world? Walter Mosley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Walter Mosley on 'In the Heat of the Night' at 50: Does Mister Tibbs Still Matter?," 1 Mar. 2018 On Saturday, those two factions will step onto a special outdoor court near the center of campus to compete in the 125th Brownie-Spider basketball game, continuing a Thanksgiving tradition that predates the NBA by 50 years. Rich Scherr,, "18 players, 3 courts, 125 years of tradition: Brownie vs. Spider basketball game at St. Timothy’s as spirited as ever," 20 Nov. 2019 But having roots that predate the rise of the modern internet has led to inevitable problems, one of which is that those address lookups aren't encrypted. Wired, "A Controversial Plan to Encrypt More of the Internet," 9 Oct. 2019

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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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10 Dec 2019

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“Predate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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