from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To mark or designate with a date earlier than the actual one: predated the check.
- transitive v. To precede in time; antedate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To designate a date earlier than the actual one; to move a date, appointment, event, or period of time to an earlier point (contrast "postdate".)
- v. To exist, or to occur before something else; to antedate (the more correct term for this usage.)
- n. A publication, such as a newspaper or magazine, that is issued with a printed date later than the date of issue.
- v. To prey upon something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To date anticipation; to affix to (a document) an earlier than the actual date; to antedate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To antedate; date before the actual time: as, to predate a bond.
- To possess an earlier date than; precede in date.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. establish something as being earlier relative to something else
- v. prey on or hunt for
- v. come before
- v. be earlier in time; go back further
From pre- 'before' + date (Wiktionary)
From predation, predator (Wiktionary)