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predate

verb

  1. (forego)  to be earlier in time; to go back further
    Synonyms: antecede, antedate, forego, forgo, precede.
  2. (lie)  to come before
    Synonyms: precede. Type of: lie
  3. (forage)  to prey on or hunt for
    Synonyms: prey, raven. Type of: forage
  4. (chronologize)  to establish something as being earlier relative to something else
    Synonyms: antedate, foredate. Type of: chronologize

Etymology summary

"pre-" + "date" "point in time".
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Predation | predator | prey

describes a biological interaction where a predator feeds on its prey. Predators may or may not kill their prey prior to feeding on them, but the act of predation often results in the death of its prey and the eventual absorption of the prey's tissue ... (45 of 6134 words, 17 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Predation

Collins Dictionary:

predate

to affix a date to (a document, paper, etc) that is earlier than the actual date | to assign a date to (an event, period, etc) that is earlier than ... (29 of 346 words, 3 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/predate

Wiktionary:

predate | predates [plural] | predated [past tense] | predating [present participle] | antedate [synonym, sense-specific] | prey [synonym, sense-specific] | postdate [antonym, sense-specific]

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".) | [transitive] To exist, or to occur before something else; to antedate (the more correct term for this ... (42 of 116 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/predate

Macmillan British Dictionary:

predate [transitive] | predated [past tense] | predating [present participle] | predates [3rd-person singular present]

to exist or happen earlier than someone or something else | to write a date on a document that is earlier than the real date, especially on a cheque ... (28 of 66 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/predate

Oxford Dictionary:

predate [entry 1]

exist or occur at a date earlier than (something) (9 of 44 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/predate

predate [entry 2]

Syllabification: (pre┬Ědate) | [animals] act as a predator of; catch and eat (prey). (12 of 47 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/predate--2

predate [entry 2, animals]

act as a predator of; catch and eat (prey) (9 of 44 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/predate--2

Random House Dictionary:

predate | predated [past tense] | predating [present participle]

to date before the actual time; antedate. | to precede in date. (11 of 34 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/predate

Merriam-Webster:

antedate [entry 1, noun] | predate [antedate] | antecede [antedate] | forego [antedate] | precede [antedate] | preexist [antedate]

a date assigned to an event or document earlier than the actual date of the event or document (18 of 30 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/antedate

American Heritage Dictionary:

predate | predated [past tense] | predating [present participle] | predates [3rd-person singular present]

To mark or designate with a date earlier than the actual one | To precede in time; antedate. (17 of 27 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/predate

Cambridge Dictionary:

predate [slightly formal] | antedate [formal]

to have existed or happened before another thing (8 of 25 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/predate

New World Dictionary:

predate | predated [past tense] | predating [present participle]

to put a date on (something) that is earlier than the current date | to come before in time (18 of 24 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/predate

Encarta Dictionary:

predate | predated [past tense] | predating [present participle] | predates [3rd-person singular present]

to put a date on something, especially a check or a contract, that is ... | to come before somebody or something else in time (24 of 76 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737375​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

predate

First use: 1864

Origin: "pre-" + "date" "point in time".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=predate

Wiktionary:

predate | predates [plural] | predated [past tense] | predating [present participle]

Origin: pre- 'before' + date | predation, predator

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/predate

Oxford Dictionary:

predate [entry 2]

First use: 1940s

Origin: back-formation from "predation"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/predate--2

predation

First use: late 15th century

Origin: (in the Latin sense): from Latin praedatio(n-) "taking of booty", from the verb praedari "seize as plunder", from praeda "booty". ... (23 of 30 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/predation

Audio references

Wiktionary:

predate | predates [plural] | predated [past tense] | predating [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "predate"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/predate

Collins Dictionary:

predate

Audio: British English pronunciation of "predate"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/predate

Macmillan British Dictionary:

predate [transitive] | predated [past tense] | predating [present participle] | predates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "predate"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/predate

Macmillan American Dictionary:

predate [transitive] | predated [past tense] | predating [present participle] | predates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "predate"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/predate

Cambridge Dictionary:

predate [slightly formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "predate"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "predate"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/predate

the Free Dictionary:

predate

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "predate"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "predate"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "predate" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/predate

Google Dictionary:

predate | predated [past tense] | predating [present participle] | predates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "predate"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=predate

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

predate

Audio: North American pronunciation of "predate"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=predat​01 word=predate

YourDictionary Audio:

predate

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "predate" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/predate

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