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."

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

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