Definition of antedate in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈantɪdeɪt//antɪˈdeɪt/


  • 1 Precede in time; come before (something) in date.

    ‘a civilization that antedated the Roman Empire’
    • ‘A method utilized by small, mobile units to harass, weaken, demoralize, and combat larger conventional forces, guerrilla warfare antedates modern history.’
    • ‘All of the stone circles, menhirs, dolmens, etc., of the British Isles were constructed by peoples who antedated the Celts by one to three thousand years.’
    • ‘All the important rivalries in Europe both antedated the ideological divide and crossed its boundaries.’
    • ‘Its name and recognition long antedated this botanist.’
    • ‘Moreover, the book treats the emergence of modern advertising, not advertising, whose history antedates the author's period of study.’
    • ‘In the fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art, there is, written small, the artist's signature… there is an intelligence that antedates the universe.’
    • ‘It is unlikely, too, that improving survival chances of infants promoted a desire to reduce completed family size, since the fertility decline appears to have antedated the fall in infant mortality.’
    • ‘The use of carriageways constructed of two layers of stone broken to different dimensions antedates the construction of Telford's government roads from London to Holyhead and in the environs of Glasgow and Lanarkshire.’
    • ‘Poverty has long antedated capitalism, and exploitation caused by human sinfulness has marked every era.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Porsche's history antedates its sports cars and began when a struggling automotive engineer, Ferdinand Porsche, befriended a fringe politician, Adolf Hitler, at a road race in the 1920s.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Those words all antedate the arrival of Europeans - and anthropological classifications.’
    • ‘This technique recalls medieval recipes antedating the invention of the pudding cloth.’
    • ‘Bernard Lewis (Islam and the West) reminds us that learning about Islam is an old tradition which long antedates the Western ascendancy.’
    • ‘But these antedate the rise of muscular Christianity.’
    • ‘Certain psychiatric disorders antedate the onset of substance use disorders.’
    • ‘For one thing, devotional cults were also popular within India, and the worship of the Hindu god Krishna antedates Christ by several centuries.’
    • ‘Given the fact that the British road network largely antedates the highway authorities themselves, the court is not in a position to say what the appropriate standard of improvement would be.’
    • ‘Four subjects had a history of asthma, but the condition antedated their employment in the facility.’
    precede, predate, come before, go before, be earlier than, anticipate
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    1. 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’
      • ‘He was later tried for having antedated a consulting bill, but was acquitted.’
      • ‘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).’