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
These early restrictions or economic warfare, to use the Israeli term predate Hamas.
A Toys 'R' Us spokesman said today that the cribs in the expanded recall predate those tests.
Harry Lee sent this in an e-mail: I have seen this abuse of 'predate' and cringed for a few years running but never from the pen of a senior scientist a presumption or in a first-tier journal.
In this case, it seems that any candidate will have to exist on two mutually exclusive planes: be a book that has stood the test of time and thrilled readers for generations, and also magically been published in the current publishing climate so that it does not "predate" what you define of the genre.
Speaking as a child of the late 70’s, I have to know, did that term predate the Batman-wannabe cartoon character, or derive from it?
Actually 'predate' (stress on first syllable) does also have the meaning 'to prey upon', in contrast to its antecedent meaning (stress on second syllable).
While it has absorbed a good many words from Latin daughter languages, especially Spanish, its presence in Europe may predate the spread of Indo-European into this area.
These figures predate popular awareness of the Y2K computer glitch, which propelled millions into an awareness of survivalist issues.
Oh goodie (NOT!) ... that means the number predate 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina ...
On the other hand again, I have met several other CD&V ex-prime ministers (Dehaene, Tindemans, Eyskens) and been impressed by them (though all three predate the party's most recent name change).