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

v be earlier in time; go back further

antecede, forego, forgo, precede, predate
follow, postdate
be later in time
come after, follow
come after in time, as a result
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v establish something as being earlier relative to something else

foredate, predate
establish something as being later relative to something else
Type of:
chronologise, chronologize
establish the order in time of something

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