• WordNet 3.6
    • v antedate establish something as being earlier relative to something else
    • v antedate be earlier in time; go back further "Stone tools precede bronze tools"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Antedate Anticipation.
    • Antedate Prior date; a date antecedent to another which is the actual date.
    • Antedate To anticipate; to make before the true time. "And antedate the bliss above.""Who rather rose the day to antedate ."
    • Antedate 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.
    • Antedate To precede in time.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n antedate A prior date; a date antecedent to another, or to the true or actual date of a document or event.
    • n antedate Anticipation.
    • antedate To date before the true time; give an earlier date to than the real one: thus, to antedate a deed or bond is to give to it a date anterior to the true time of its execution.
    • antedate To be of older date than; precede in time.
    • antedate To anticipate; realize or give effect to (something) in advance of its actual or proper time.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Antedate an′te-dāt a date assigned which is earlier than the actual date
    • v.t Antedate 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
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  • Philip Massinger
    Philip Massinger
    “To doubt is worse than to have lost; And to despair is but to antedate those miseries that must fall on us.”


In literature:

It antedated by more than two hundred years, any similar provision in England for the preservation of the national literature.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
Fortunately, churches of a period antedating the XVII century are seldom so uninteresting.
"Cathedrals and Cloisters of the South of France, Volume 1" by Elise Whitlock Rose
Let us take a fresh start in history and brag of nothing that antedates Bunker Hill.
"Acadia" by Frederic S. Cozzens
Whole volumes are filled with it, outside the annals of Spiritualism and the Psychical Society, and antedating them by centuries and millenniums.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
Here is the old church of St. Sergius, which is said to antedate the Moslem conquest.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
It touched a chord in them that antedated the deluge.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
No hostile hand can antedate my doom, Till fate condemns me to the silent tomb.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Although it is popularly called the Adirondack camp, it antedates the time when the Adirondacks were first used as a fashionable resort.
"Shelters, Shacks and Shanties" by D.C. Beard
Barbaric, antedates the age!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 349, November, 1844" by Various
Our knowledge of tea, on the other hand, antedates the Christian era.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
It antedates the foundation of the world.
"The Lord of Glory" by Arno Gaebelein
Their friendship antedated and outlived the war.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
Language and prototypes precede and necessarily antedate writing and prose.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No IV, April 1863" by Various
How old the canal is, no one can say; it certainly antedates the period of the Conquest.
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
What difference, when all this was forgotten history, antedating the written records of the human race?
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
A private matter antedating the building of the dam.
"In the Shadow of the Hills" by George C. Shedd
So that Giorgio's work antedates theirs by some years.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
This is to renew, to antedate, the youth of a majority of the living generation.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 4, September, 1850" by Various
Hosley had been located in South Dakota, claiming a residence antedating our fire by several weeks.
"Cupid's Middleman" by Edward B. Lent
His pronoun hit antedates English itself, being the Anglo-Saxon neuter of he.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart

In poetry:

Since, Lord, to thee
A narrow way and little gate
Is all the passage, on my infancie
Thou didst lay hold, and antedate
My faith in me.
"Holy Baptisme (II)" by George Herbert
"Or has the professor slightly antedated
By some thousand years thy advent on this planet,
Giving thee an air that's somewhat better fitted
For cold-blooded creatures?
"To The Pliocene Skull" by Francis Bret Harte
Fruitless speculating! none may lift the curtain
From the antedating ages and uncertain
When what is was not, and tides of pristine being
Beat on shores forgot, and all, as now, unseeing.
"A Pagan Reverie" by Frances Fuller Victor
Her song of joy for life and love:
For in her midst the holy Dove
The mystic Branch displays,
And fain her heart — though still it wait Its supreme bliss — to antedate
Its everlasting praise.
"The Bird Of Grace" by Samuel John Stone
"I've laid in food, Dear,
And broached the spiced and brewed, Dear;
And if our July hope should antedate,
Let the char-wench mount and gallop by the halterpath and wood, Dear,
And fetch assistance straight.
"The Alarm" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Wilt thou then antedate some new-made vow.
The use of oral and inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) therapy long antedated the definition of the immunopathologic features of asthma that make it seem such an appropriate target for steroid therapy.

In science:

One of the advantages of Datalog over the relational calculus of Codd is that Datalog is a subset of the first-order predicate calculus, a relational calculus that antedates computers by half a century.
Set-Theoretic Preliminaries for Computer Scientists