Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To be of an earlier date than; precede in time.
  • transitive verb To assign to a date earlier than that of the actual occurrence.
  • transitive verb To date as of a time before that of actual execution.
  • noun A date given to an event or a document that is earlier than the actual date.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To date before the true time; give an earlier date to than the real one: thus, to antedate a deed or bond is to give to it a date anterior to the true time of its execution.
  • To be of older date than; precede in time.
  • To anticipate; realize or give effect to (something) in advance of its actual or proper time.
  • noun A prior date; a date antecedent to another, or to the true or actual date of a document or event.
  • noun Anticipation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Prior date; a date antecedent to another which is the actual date.
  • noun obsolete Anticipation.
  • transitive verb To date before the true time; to assign to an earlier date; .
  • transitive verb To precede in time.
  • transitive verb To anticipate; to make before the true time.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To occur before an event or time; to exist further back in time
  • verb To assign a date to a document or action earlier than the actual date; to backdate

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb be earlier in time; go back further
  • verb establish something as being earlier relative to something else

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From ante- + date

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