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English verb: predate

1. predate (stative) be earlier in time; go back further

SamplesStone tools precede bronze tools.

Synonymsantecede, antedate, forego, forgo, precede

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Antonymspostdate, follow

2. predate (stative) come before

SamplesMost English adjectives precede the noun they modify.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)lie

3. predate (consumption) prey on or hunt for

SamplesThese mammals predate certain eggs.

Synonymsprey, raven

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)forage

4. predate (change) establish something as being earlier relative to something else

Synonymsantedate, foredate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)chronologise, chronologize


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