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


From ante- + date (Wiktionary)



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