When things antedate something else, they come before it, or happen earlier than it does. World War I antedates World War II.

Another way to say antedate is precede or predate. It's common to find the word antedate when people talk about history, for obvious reasons. Papyrus antedates modern paper, and paper antedates the desktop computer, which antedates the smartphone and tablet. Your parents' birth antedates your own, and your great-grandparents' lives antedate both yours and your parents'. In Latin, the prefix ante means "before."

Definitions of antedate
  1. verb
    be earlier in time; go back further
    synonyms: antecede, forego, forgo, precede, predate
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    follow, postdate
    be later in time
    come after, follow
    come after in time, as a result
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  2. verb
    establish something as being earlier relative to something else
    synonyms: foredate, predate
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    establish something as being later relative to something else
    type of:
    chronologise, chronologize
    establish the order in time of something
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