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.

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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