predate

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

Definition of predate

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predate

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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The polarization of the American electorate predated Facebook’s arrival on the scene. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Facebook polarized us during the Kavanaugh hearings," 6 Oct. 2018 But the idea for the exhibition predated Trump's election, said Jill D'Alessandro, curator in charge of costume and textile arts for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, which includes the de Young Museum. Fox News, "San Francisco museum shows off modern Muslim women's fashion," 21 Sep. 2018 Monday’s decision sprang from events that long predated the travel ban or Trump’s presidency. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Why Trump Should Worry About the Supreme Court’s Cakeshop Ruling," 4 June 2018 But because his reign of terror largely predated the 911 system, surveillance cameras, DNA analysis and the internet, authorities were not able to catch the man also known as the East Area Rapist and the Original Night Stalker. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "These Are the Golden State Killer's Murder Victims: Newlyweds, a Mom and More Lives Cut Short," 26 Apr. 2018 The details of when and how that attack occurred, though, are more clear than ever—and may indicate that Russia’s plan to interfere in the US election predated its DNC intrusion. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "DNC Lawsuit Reveals Key Details About Devastating 2016 Hack," 20 Apr. 2018 What the case is about: This case, which predates Whitaker, is about validity of the special counsel. Jen Kirby, Vox, "A brief guide to the legal challenges against acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker," 21 Nov. 2018 Musk’s frustration, which predated the existence of publishing platforms like Facebook and Twitter, was prescient. Adrienne Lafrance, The Atlantic, "Elon Musk Should Know Better," 29 May 2018 Family members shared with The Times evidence of those contacts, which predated the Vault 7 release. Scott Shane, New York Times, "Suspect Identified in C.I.A. Leak Was Charged, but Not for the Breach," 15 May 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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