• WordNet 3.6
    • v predate establish something as being earlier relative to something else
    • v predate prey on or hunt for "These mammals predate certain eggs"
    • v predate come before "Most English adjectives precede the noun they modify"
    • v predate be earlier in time; go back further "Stone tools precede bronze tools"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When a predator is chasing an impala, a type of antelope, it runs in a zig zag formation jumping as high as three metres
    • v. t Predate To date anticipation; to affix to (a document) an earlier than the actual date; to antedate; as, a predated deed or letter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is possible to get high by licking a toad. The Cane Toad produces a toxin called bufotenine to ward off predators. When licked, this toxin acts as a hallucinogen
    • predate To antedate; date before the actual time: as, to predate a bond.
    • predate To possess an earlier date than; precede in date.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only predator that polar bears have are humans
    • v.t Predate prē-dāt′ to date before the true date: to date by anticipation: to be earlier than.
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In literature:

They clucked and cackled like a bunch of biddy hens which had been surprised by a predator's invasion of the hen house.
"Wild Justice" by Ruth M. Sprague
There were predators in the Park, and he had only an improvised club for a weapon.
"Operation Terror" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
In fact with the exception of the two pyramids no building in Egypt predates the catastrophe of 80,000 years ago.
"The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria" by W. Scott-Elliot
He found a gratifying number of animal traces as well, both trails and pawprints, and he hoped few of them were predators.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
A few large predators at first, but the guards made short work of them.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
In seeking protection from predators or from the weather, cottontails move farther in winter than in summer.
"Home Range and Movements of the Eastern Cottontail in Kansas" by Donald W. Janes
Both Pyrrans had their guns ready and closed in with the merciless precision of trained predators.
"The Ethical Engineer" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey
The 'cuda was perhaps two and a half feet long, not big as such predators went, but big enough.
"The Wailing Octopus" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Fools reviled them as predators and scavengers.
"Brown John's Body" by Winston Marks
But we are told we predate man.
"The Giants From Outer Space" by Geoff St. Reynard
The loud, continuous song of the male during nestbuilding alerts cowbirds and predators to the presence of a nest.
"Natural History of the Bell Vireo, Vireo bellii Audubon" by Jon C. Barlow
Predation upon grasshoppers, especially in summer and early autumn, benefits the farmer by helping to stabilize populations of grasshoppers.
"Food of the Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos Brehm, in South-central Kansas" by Dwight Platt
Young in the nest would seem to be especially susceptible to predation by the pilot black snake.
"Ecological Observations on the Woodrat, Neotoma floridana" by Henry S. Fitch
But the mules, the cow, and Ellis's horse, were in no danger from prowling predators.
"The Lost Wagon" by James Arthur Kjelgaard
There had been no predators to keep them alert, whereas the swamp was filled with sudden death in many forms.
"Swamp Cat" by James Arthur Kjelgaard
The shape and size of some of the excavations suggested predation on skink nests.
"Ecology of the Opossum on a Natural Area in Northeastern Kansas" by Henry S. Fitch
The selective effect of predation on prey populations is of significance in studies of evolution and population dynamics.
"Ecological Studies of the Timber Wolf in Northeastern Minnesota" by L. David Mech
Little is known concerning the kinds of predators that destroy five-lined skinks, or their importance in its ecology.
"Life History and Ecology of the Five-lined Skink, Eumeces fasciatus" by Henry S. Fitch
There is no evidence that soft-shelled turtles are active predators on any kind of fish.
"North American Recent Soft-shelled Turtles (Family Trionychidae)" by Robert G. Webb
The Macleods of Pittenquhair predated the first of the Scottish kings.
"Confessions of a Young Lady" by Richard Marsh

In news:

We've all heard about the dangers of sexual predators on the Internet who prey on kids by posing as kids themselves and convincing their victims to meet with them in person.
'Predators' star on the challenges of figuring out how to sword fight a giant fictional alien.
But a "Predator" remake is getting air-dropped into theaters today and you know what, I'm not mad at.
Derek Roy of the Buffalo Sabres celebrates the game-winning goal against the Nashville Predators on December 3, 2011.
Predators' penchant for blocked shots creates pain, respect.
It is a wily predator capable of reaching speeds of 200 miles per hour.
Watkins said they've tried protecting nesting snowy plovers with exclosures, which are special cages that allow the snowy plover in and exclude large predators.
Predation to the nests comes from dogs, gulls, rodents, snakes, and ghost crabs.
Sex offender laws are supposed to punish 'predators' and promote public safety.
Tomb may predate English site.
Internet gives on-line predators easy access to the vulnerable.
Now we've been reminded that some of these human predators visit from elsewhere as well.
Predators on the Block, iPad Pushback , Reuters on Toyota.
Rape conviction may mean life sentence for Schenectady 'predator.
John Vucetich is with the Isle Royale wolf-moose research project , the longest continuous study of any predator-prey system in the world.

In science:

Levin, S.A.: A more functional response to predator-prey stability.
Generalized modeling of ecological population dynamics
If there is no prey-predator relation between the two species i and k , we must have Jik = 0.
Evolutionary ecology in-silico: Does mathematical modelling help in understanding the "generic" trends?
If the food available is less than the requirement, then some organisms of the species i will die of starvation, even if none of them is killed by any predator.
Evolutionary ecology in-silico: Does mathematical modelling help in understanding the "generic" trends?
Our model captures the starvation deaths and kil ling by the predators, in addition to the natural death due to ageing.
Evolutionary ecology in-silico: Does mathematical modelling help in understanding the "generic" trends?
In the original version of our “unified” model, we assumed that the population of the prey as well as that of predators are uniformly distributed in space.
Evolutionary ecology in-silico: Does mathematical modelling help in understanding the "generic" trends?
Lipowski, Oscil latory behavior in a lattice prey-predator system, Phys.
Evolutionary ecology in-silico: Does mathematical modelling help in understanding the "generic" trends?
Droz, Phase transitions and oscil lations in a lattice prey-predator model, Phys.
Evolutionary ecology in-silico: Does mathematical modelling help in understanding the "generic" trends?
It is interesting to note here that Renninger’s empirically based conclusion predates by 40 years similar conclusions obtained by e.g.
Renninger's Thought Experiment: Implications for Quantum Ontology and for Quantum Mechanic's Interpretation
Of course, at present one could ob ject that Renninger’s analysis predates about one decade Bell’s investigations of the EPR issue, and that according to the present ma jority view, Bell’s theorem “proves” a nonlocality property of QM.
Renninger's Thought Experiment: Implications for Quantum Ontology and for Quantum Mechanic's Interpretation
Neutron Star Cooling The cooling rate of isolated NSs has been a subject of considerable theoretical work predating even the discovery of the first pulsars (e. g., Bahcall & Wolf 1965).
Young Neutron Stars and Their Wind Nebulae
It is addressed partially by Dwyer, Kan, and Smith , but they do not give a Quillen equivalence, partly because their work predates both model structures by several years.
A survey of (\infty, 1)-categories
Segel (1982) Models of the influence of predation on aspect diversity in prey populations. J.
Evolutionary game dynamics in phenotype space
Indeed, Norton argues that this unconscious assignment of reality to the coordinate system predates and is consistent with a similar argument that Einstein forwarded in 1914 in rejecting generally covariant field equations.
Book Review: The Genesis of General Relativity
This corresponds to the analysis of intensity fluctuations in channel maps (see Green 1993), which predates the technique.
Turbulence Spectra from Doppler-broadened Spectral Lines: Tests of the Velocity Channel Analysis and Velocity Coordinate Spectrum Techniques
For D0 this differs from the W H case because the published ZH results predate the availability of the NN tagger.
Tests of the Standard Electroweak Model at the Energy Frontier