Definition of misdate in English:


transitive verb

[with object]
  • Assign an incorrect date to (a document, event, or work of art)

    ‘the Welsh annals misdate the battle by two years’
    • ‘He at times repeats himself verbatim and gets a few details wrong (such as misdating Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1991, rather than 1990).’
    • ‘Nicosia tallies one point on my alleged ‘inaccuracies,’ misdating Dewey Canyon III; mea culpa.’
    • ‘Pieter de Hooch's arrival in Delft is misdated in the catalogue as 1654, although a will he witnessed in 1652 describes him as a ‘resident of Delft’.’
    • ‘Of those fourteen, five were actually misdated articles from after 9 / 11.’
    • ‘For example, the authors incorrectly state that John Brown was incarcerated in Richmond, misdate Confederate President Jefferson Davis's inauguration, and even get President George Washington's birthday wrong.’
    • ‘The battle of Marathon - and the epic 26-mile run from the battlefield to Athens celebrated with every modern marathon - may have been misdated by a month.’
    • ‘Unfortunately however, the paleobotanical data cited were misdated, and one hopes that such information does not enter into the world of dogma.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, she misdated her finds, resulting in what seemed to be a discrepancy between the discoveries of archaeology and the Bible.’
    • ‘Subsequent research and discoveries have shown the maps to have been misdated.’
    • ‘The Meadowlands doesn't follow a cue from any current trend, and after a quick listen can sound misdated.’
    • ‘I have never even heard of any of the fossils that he misdated - they are all obscure and of no importance to the big picture of human evolution.’
    • ‘In a few instances the unbridled desire to link maker and object has allowed distracting leaps of faith and, on occasion, caused the misdating of an object simply to attribute it to a maker who worked before or after the piece's real date.’
    • ‘In our view, the misdating of the Baptistery was not just a blind spot in an otherwise lucid vision of the past, a breakdown of rationality explained by local patriotism and rivalry with Rome's antiquity.’
    • ‘Other examples abound, including the misidentification of the author of the Encyclopedia article on the slave trade and the misdating of the meeting of the Estates General.’
    • ‘His lawyer told him he could not understand why the Justice Department would bring up a charge on the technicality of one misdated check.’
    • ‘Mercury has delayed its Q3 financial results and said it would have to re-state historical results as a consequence of the misdated stock grants.’
    • ‘The company said it was unlikely it would have to re-state historical results as a result of the misdated stock grants.’



/ˌmisˈdāt/ /ˌmɪsˈdeɪt/