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Meaning of antedate

an•te•date

Pronunciation: (v.an'ti-dāt", an"ti-dāt'n.an'ti-dāt"), [key]
— v., n. -dat•ed, -dat•ing,
—v.t.
  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. to take or have in advance; anticipate.
—n.
  1. a prior date.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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