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predate

verb

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to go or come before in time
  • gunpowder predated the invention of the gun by several centuries

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The first known use of predate was in 1854

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“Predate.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/predate. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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