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Meaning of predate

pre•date

Pronunciation: (prē'dāt'), [key]
— -dat•ed, -dat•ing.
  1. to date before the actual time; antedate: He predated the check by three days.
  2. to precede in date: a house that predates the Civil War.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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