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 Martin had previously confirmed that the fan-favorite Stark family, who were descendants of the First Men, would be featured, but not the Lannisters, as the prequel would predate their rise. Eric Todisco,, "Emilia Clarke Reacts to HBO Scrapping Game of Thrones Prequel: ‘It Was Kind of Astonishing’," 30 Oct. 2019 Experts noted that California’s trading system predated its agreement with Quebec and would remain standing even if the agreement with the Canadian province was successfully challenged., "“The power to enter into such agreements is reserved to the federal government, which must be able to speak with one voice in the area of US foreign policy,” Clark said.," 24 Oct. 2019 But there’s a reason that all of the data on this practice of rescission (which insurance companies claimed was fraud prevention) predate 2010. Mona Charen, National Review, "Elizabeth Warren Is Not Honest," 18 Oct. 2019 Coaches and players on both sides have downplayed that history, most of which predates current rosters., "Didi Gregorius breaks out of slump as Yankees pummel Twins for 2-0 series lead," 6 Oct. 2019 Coaches and players on both sides have downplayed that history, most of which predates current rosters. Jake Seiner,, "Didi Gregorius’ grand slam highlights a 7-run 3rd, leading the Yankees to an 8-2 victory against the Twins for a 2-0 ALDS lead," 5 Oct. 2019 But other experts suggest that viruses could predate Earth's most ancient critters. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Viruses, explained," 22 Feb. 2019 Though its writings predate many critical scientific discoveries regarding the natural world, both the Hebrew Bible and New Testament are replete with lasting moral truths and inspirational accounts. Jonathan L. Walton, Time, "Why Authoritarians Love to Quote This Bible Passage," 22 June 2018 Since then, researchers have discovered that the trees predate the most recent ice age, which occurred about 12,000 to 18,000 years ago, by nearly 40,000 years. Sara Sneath,, "Underwater forest in the Gulf acts as climate change time capsule," 12 Feb. 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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12 Nov 2019

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“Predate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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