antedate /antɪˈdeɪt, ˈantɪdeɪt/

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verb [with obj.]

1. precede in time; come before (something) in date

a civilization that antedated the Roman Empire.
2. indicate or discover that (a document, event, or word) should be assigned to an earlier date

there are no references to him that would antedate his birth.

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