antedate (third-person singular simple present antedates, present participle antedating, simple past and past participle antedated)
1.to be of older date than; precede in time, The Peruvian empire antedates the Mexican empire.
2.predate (def 1).
3.to assign to an earlier date, to antedate a historical event.
4.to cause to return to an earlier time, to antedate one's thoughts by remembering past events.
5.to cause to happen sooner; accelerate, The cold weather antedated their departure from the country.
6.Archaic. to take or have in advance; anticipate.
7.a prior date.
1. to be or occur at an earlier date than
2. to affix a date to (a document, etc) that is earlier than the actual date
3. to assign a date to (an event, etc) that is earlier than its previously assigned date
4. to cause to occur sooner noun (ˈæntɪˌdeɪt)
5. an earlier date Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1580s, earlier as noun meaning "a backdating, false early date attached to a document or event" (1570s); from Latin ante "before" (see ante) + date (v.1). Related, Antedated; antedating.
Its faculties of theology - founded in 1841 at Newbury, Vt., as the Biblical Institute; in 1847-1867 in Concord, N.H.; and in 1867-1871 the Boston Theological Seminary - law, music, medicine, liberal arts and agriculture (at Amherst, in association with the Massachusetts Agricultural College), all antedate 1876.
The Buckman Tavern (built about 1690), the rendezvous of the minute-men, and the Munroe Tavern (1695), the headquarters of the British, are still standing, and two other houses, on the common, antedate the War of Independence.
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