There are 2 main definitions of predate in English:

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predate 1

Pronunciation: /priːˈdeɪt/

verb

[with object]
Exist or occur at a date earlier than (something): here parish boundaries seem clearly to predate Roman roads
More example sentences
  • Prosecutors said the committee had approved applicants who presented forged honours that carried dates pre-dating the actual creation of the vaunted title.
  • The show had well passed its sell by date (it pre-dated Showboat on Broadway, where it opened the Ziegfeld Theatre).
  • More surprisingly, much of the modern church and adjacent holy well sit on underground cisterns that clearly pre-date them, and appear to be of Byzantine date.
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There are 2 main definitions of predate in English:

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predate 2

Pronunciation: /priːˈdeɪt/

verb

[with object]
(Of an animal) act as a predator of; catch and eat (prey).
Example sentences
  • A further 13 % were predated or scavenged during the shooting season (some of which may have been shot but not picked up).

Origin

1940s: back-formation from predation.

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