Definition of predate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

predate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌpriːˈdeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːˈdeɪt//
 
(also antedate)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they predate
BrE BrE//ˌpriːˈdeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːˈdeɪt//
 
he / she / it predates
BrE BrE//ˌpriːˈdeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːˈdeɪts//
 
past simple predated
BrE BrE//ˌpriːˈdeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːˈdeɪtɪd//
 
past participle predated
BrE BrE//ˌpriːˈdeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːˈdeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form predating
BrE BrE//ˌpriːˈdeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːˈdeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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predate something to be built or formed, or to happen, at an earlier date than something else in the past Few of the town's fine buildings predate the earthquake of 1755. opposite post-date
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: predate