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date back

This page is about the phrasal verb date back.

Meaning: If something dates back to a certain time, it was made at that time or it started at that time.

Synonym: go back

For example:

  • date back Some of the pieces of pottery we dug up at the site date back a thousand years or more.

  • date back to We need to find out the period in history that these remains date back to.

Quick Quiz:

The dinosaur fossils on display at the museum date back

a. every day except Mondays

b. millions of years

c. to their discovery

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