What does antedate mean?

Definitions for antedate
ˈæn tɪˌdeɪt, ˌæn tɪˈdeɪt; ˈæn tɪˌdeɪtan·te·date

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. predate, precede, forego, forgo, antecede, antedateverb

    be earlier in time; go back further

    "Stone tools precede bronze tools"

  2. predate, antedate, foredateverb

    establish something as being earlier relative to something else


  1. antedateverb

    To occur before an event or time; to exist further back in time

  2. antedateverb

    To assign a date to a document or action earlier than the actual date; to backdate

  3. Etymology: From ante- + date

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Antedateverb

    Etymology: from ante and do, datum, Lat.

    Now thou hast lov’d me one whole day,
    To-morrow when thou leav’st, what wilt thou say?
    Wilt thou then antedate some new-made vow,
    Or say, that now
    We are not just those persons, which we were? John Donne.

    By reading, a man does, as it were, antedate his life, and makes himself contemporary with the ages past. Jeremy Collier, Essays.

    Our joys below it can improve,
    And antedate the bliss above. Alexander Pope, St. Cæcilia.


  1. antedate

    In lexicography, antedating is finding earlier citations of a particular term than those already known.Historical dictionaries such as the Oxford English Dictionary provide citations meant to show the evolution of every word, beginning with the earliest known usage. Antedating is a key task in lexicography and a popular sport. By indicating limitations of dictionaries, antedating raises important questions of the consistency of editorial policies, and of the exhaustiveness and accuracy of dictionary material. The issue has thus been addressed in several major studies as well as in hundreds of papers tracing individual words, some of which are by-products of historical or linguistic research.Similar activities are postdating (finding more recent evidence of words than is currently quoted) and interdating (intermediate evidence where large gaps in dating evidence exist).To encourage and facilitate this process, dedicated submission forms are available on the internet and regular appeals to the public for investigation are being made. The appeal Wordhunt was part of the TV show Balderdash and Piffle on BBC.


  1. antedate

    Antedate refers to the act of dating an event, document, or object at a time earlier than the actual or current time. It can also mean to precede or preexist something in time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Antedatenoun

    prior date; a date antecedent to another which is the actual date

  2. Antedatenoun


  3. Antedateverb

    to date before the true time; to assign to an earlier date; thus, to antedate a deed or a bond is to give it a date anterior to the true time of its execution

  4. Antedateverb

    to precede in time

  5. Antedateverb

    to anticipate; to make before the true time

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Antedate

    an′te-dāt, n. a date assigned which is earlier than the actual date.—v.t. to date before the true time: to assign an event to an earlier date: to bring about at an earlier date: to be of previous date: to accelerate: to anticipate. [L. ante, before, and Date.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of antedate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of antedate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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  • предшествамBulgarian
  • antedatovatCzech
  • predatizarIdo
  • לְהַקְדִים בִּזְמַןHebrew
  • antedaterenDutch
  • датировать задним числом, предшествоватьRussian

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