from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To be of an earlier date than; precede in time.
- transitive v. To assign to a date earlier than that of the actual occurrence.
- transitive v. To date as of a time before that of actual execution: antedate a contract; antedate a check.
- n. A date given to an event or a document that is earlier than the actual date.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To occur before an event or time; to exist further back in time
- v. To assign a date to a document or action earlier than the actual date; to backdate
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Prior date; a date antecedent to another which is the actual date.
- n. Anticipation.
- transitive v. To date before the true time; to assign to an earlier date; .
- transitive v. To precede in time.
- transitive v. To anticipate; to make before the true time.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- To be of older date than; precede in time.
- To anticipate; realize or give effect to (something) in advance of its actual or proper time.
- n. A prior date; a date antecedent to another, or to the true or actual date of a document or event.
- n. Anticipation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be earlier in time; go back further
- v. establish something as being earlier relative to something else
Many of the works we’d name antedate Willy the Wizard.
And several new sources are added, most of them American, two of which now antedate Hotten.
Oh, there are things here than antedate the Victorian era, but everything fits it.
How could a text, described by Borges, antedate his invention of it some three hundred years?
On the other hand, I think I can antedate bartleby's 1949 source though it's always difficult to tell with Google Scholar if you can't get the whole article, what with the uneven quality of their metadata.
CO2 concentrations tend in the main to follow changes in global temperature not to antedate it.
This type of decoration was not original with Islam; it can be observed on many of the Roman monuments of the Middle East, in Syria, for example, which antedate Islam by many centuries.
The fact that so many buildings antedate the Civil War there, at the University of Virginia personally designed by Thomas Jefferson and W&M is just marvellous.
Although the events of A Happy Marriage antedate the deaths of his mother and half-brother—Helen Yglesias died in April 2008 at the age of ninety-two, while Lewis Cole, a film professor at Columbia University, died six months later at the age of sixty-two from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis—neither of them receive any charity from the author.
In the later case, Web sites rely heavily on institutional authority and quality assurance techniques that antedate the Web, assuming that they will carry across unproblematically into the digital world.