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to date earlier than the actual date; predate; antedate:
Backdate the letter so he’ll think I wrote it last week.
(transitive) to make effective from an earlier date: the pay rise was backdated to August

also back-date, by 1881 (implied in back-dated), from back (adv.) + date (v.1). Cf. antedate. Related: Backdated; backdating.


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