- The definition of an antedate is a date for a historical event or writing that is earlier than the previously established date.
- An example of an antedate is when a document was evaluated and found to have been written in 1250, not 1300 as originally thought.
- An example of an antidate is put a date on a check which is ealier than the actual date the check was written.
- To antedate is defined as be older than something else.
An example of someone who you may antedate is your child.
- Antedate is defined as appointing a specific date to something.
An example of something a scientist may antedate is a fossil.
transitive verbantedated, antedating
- to put a date on that is earlier than the actual date: to antedate a check
- to come or happen at an earlier date than; come before
- to make happen earlier; accelerate
- to set an earlier date for
- Archaic to anticipate
transitive verban·te·dat·ed, an·te·dat·ing, an·te·dates
- To be of an earlier date than; precede in time.
- a. To assign to a date earlier than that of the actual occurrence.b. To date as of a time before that of actual execution: antedate a contract; antedate a check.
(third-person singular simple present antedates, present participle antedating, simple past and past participle antedated)
- Prior date; a date antecedent to another which is the actual date.
From ante- + date