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predate

To predate is to happen or exist before something else. If you move into a house that already has a ghost, the ghost predates you. Boo!

If your interest in soul music predates your sister's, you loved it first. When you use predate this way, you can read it as a combination of pre-, "before," and date, "point in time." Another meaning of this verb is "to prey on for food," so you could say that your cat predates the mice that live in your kitchen. This definition stems from predator, from the Latin praedator, "plunderer."

Definitions of predate
  1. verb
    be earlier in time; go back further
    synonyms: antecede, antedate, forego, forgo, precede
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    Antonyms:
    follow, postdate
    be later in time
    come after, follow
    come after in time, as a result
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  2. verb
    come before
    synonyms: precede
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    type of:
    lie
    be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
  3. verb
    establish something as being earlier relative to something else
    synonyms: antedate, foredate
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    Antonyms:
    postdate
    establish something as being later relative to something else
    type of:
    chronologise, chronologize
    establish the order in time of something
  4. verb
    prey on or hunt for
    “These mammals predate certain eggs”
    synonyms: prey, raven
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    type of:
    forage
    wander and feed
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