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antedate

Line breaks: ante|date
Pronunciation: /antɪˈdeɪt
 
, ˈantɪdeɪt
 
/

Definition of antedate in English:

verb

[with object]
1Precede in time; come before (something) in date: a civilization that antedated the Roman Empire
More example sentences
  • The conflict that the book is about can also be interpreted as a conflict not between Islam and Christianity but between Europe and Afro-Asia whose origin antedates the rise of Islam.
  • THE PRACTICE OF land-value taxation is deeply rooted in Danish history, going back at least to the reign of Valdemar the Great, and possibly even antedating the Viking king, Sven Forkbeard.
  • This technique recalls medieval recipes antedating the invention of the pudding cloth.
Synonyms
precede, predate, come/go before, be earlier than, anticipate
1.1Indicate or discover that (a document, event, or word) should be assigned to an earlier date: there are no references to him that would antedate his birth
More example sentences
  • More than 300 words and phrases are being examined, with OED researchers hoping to antedate them (find an earlier use) or postdate them (find a recent example to prove a word is still in use).
  • He was later tried for having antedated a consulting bill, but was acquitted.

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