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  •  Don't care to shell out $29.95 (10+ / 0-)

    to see if the online OED really has your definition.  But my compact edition OED (admittedly over 40 years old) does not.  Not sure why you won't just change the word - it seems a fair number of us found it jarring.

    On the topic of your diary - this is an ongoing and serious problem.  Thank you for highlighting this case.

    “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

    by jrooth on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 10:27:37 AM PDT

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    •  My Third Edition, 1996, 192,000 definitions and (1+ / 0-)
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      Kevskos

      entries, has the preying version of the verb, as well as time-linked predating, meaning to have occurred or existed before the time discussed. British pronunciation rules though.

      I know the damned Brits created the language but the American version rules now. You Brits can't have your language back, at least in regard to pronunciation.

    •  wiktionary - Etymology 2 (0+ / 0-)
      From predation, predator
      Pronunciation

          IPA: prɪˈdeɪt

      Verb

      predate (third-person singular simple present predates, present participle predating, simple past and past participle predated)

          To prey upon something.

      http://en.wiktionary.org/...

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      by rbird on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 11:33:55 AM PDT

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    •  Predate (0+ / 0-)
      predate 2 |priˈdāt|

      verb [ with obj. ]
      (of an animal) act as a predator of; catch and eat (prey).
      ORIGIN 1940s: back-formation from predation.

      New Oxford American Dictionary, 3rd Edition

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