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)

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 Bilaterally symmetric animals predate the Cambrian and had already involved segmentation and mobility. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Before life exploded in the Cambrian, there were worms," 4 Sep. 2019 His campaign to improve inter-Korean relations predates Trump and is consistent with center-left parties in South Korea over the years. Matt Stiles,, "South Korea's president was matchmaker for the nuclear summit — but could take the blame if it fails," 7 June 2018 Some do suffer serious mental ailments predating their arrival at Krome. Ken Silverstein, The New Republic, "Shock Corridor," 19 Aug. 2019 Dylan LeBlanc grew up in Louisiana and Alabama, but much of his music is steeped in the Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter canon of the late 1960s and early 1970s — an era the predates his birth by nearly two decades. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dylan LeBlanc, at 29, steeped in ‘70s singer-songwriter traditions," 11 July 2019 While insults on receipts predate Trump’s presidency, his rhetoric has been linked to a general breakdown in civility as well as to a rise in hate crimes. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Racial slurs and fat-shaming insults keep popping up on receipts. Is Trump worsening the trend?," 29 Oct. 2018 Furjanic has unspecified accusations predating his 2003 arrival to Chicago to serve the Croatian Franciscan Friars. Fox News, "Illinois attorney general to meet church officials on abuse," 24 Aug. 2018 Commissioner Bush's family has received death threats for years, long predating the Commissioner's entry into politics. Alejandra Matos, Houston Chronicle, "Bush fails to report house, loan in required disclosure documents," 16 Feb. 2018 People are on edge': Mass violence threats – at least 30 in 18 states – have surged since El Paso, Dayton (Photo: AP) Inside the shooter's mind Some mass killers predated Unruh and had more victims. David M. Zimmer, USA TODAY, "America's first mass shooting: 70 years ago, a WWII veteran killed 13 of his neighbors," 28 Aug. 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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29 Oct 2019

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The first known use of predate was in 1854

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