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Pre-dating is the period of time before a couple becomes official. It often includes a significant amount of hanging out, flirting, and often times arouses suspicion amongst friends of either or both parties. Also see talking.
Friend #1: You and John have been hanging out alot lately, are you guys dating???
Friend #2: No, we're pre-dating.
by Chontel J September 08, 2005
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Time period which occurs before a couple is officially dating. This span of time includes a significant amount of hanging out (one on one or in a group), flirting, and usually arouses suspicion amongst friends of the two parties. Also see talking.
Friend #1 : Are you and Bobby dating???
Friend #2 : Naw girl, we're pre-dating.
by Chontel September 06, 2005
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The awkward stage of a relationship where the two individuals are spending a lot of time together but have not actually admitted that they are dating.

It is not necessarily a desirable state to be in.

Can also be used to describe two friends of the opposite sex who spend all their time together but who are not actually dating but may as well be. Should not be confused with friends with benefits.
Sandra: So are you and John together?
Jane: No, we're pre-dating at best.
Sandra: Oh...bummer.

Dara: What's up with Laura and Ed?
Anita: Oh, they're pre-dating.
by shortirish November 14, 2010
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Pre-dating is when someone who is in a relationship that they anticipate will end shortly begins meeting up with other people of romantic interest on date-like encounters.

This is usually done in order to gauge levels of mutual attraction and put out feelers of interest before breaking off the existing relationship in order to hasten the transition from being in a couple to dating new people.

Pre-dating can be distinguished from traditional infidelity because it involves identifying areas of romantic tension to follow-up on in the future rather than engaging in a physical or emotional affair in the present. The practice involves deceiving a person's existing partner, however, and many people see it as nothing but straight-forward cheating.
Since me and my girlfriend are probably breaking up when she moves overseas next month, I thought I'd do a bit of pre-dating and see what else is out there.
by K.C.R March 11, 2011
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As of or in the manner of a predator.

Also: that thing you do to people when you're trying to get them to date you.
I was predating her for 2 weeks before I actually asked her to dinner.
by @ndy July 09, 2006
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