predate

Primary Meanings of predate

1.
v
be earlier in time; go back further
2.
v
prey on or hunt for
Full Definitions of predate
1

v be earlier in time; go back further

Synonyms:
antecede, antedate, forego, forgo, precede
Antonyms:
follow, postdate
be later in time
come after, follow
come after in time, as a result
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v come before

Synonyms:
precede
Type of:
lie
be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

v establish something as being earlier relative to something else

Synonyms:
antedate, foredate
Antonyms:
postdate
establish something as being later relative to something else
Type of:
chronologise, chronologize
establish the order in time of something
2

v prey on or hunt for

“These mammals predate certain eggs”
Synonyms:
prey, raven
Type of:
forage
wander and feed