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Meaning of obsolete by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin obsoletus ( “worn out, gone out of use” ), past participle of obsolescere ( “to wear out, fall into disuse, grow old, decay” ); see obsolesce .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈɒbsəliːt/, X-SAMPA: /'Qbs@li:t/
    • ( US ) enPR: äbʹsəlēt, IPA: /ˈɑbsəliːt/, X-SAMPA: /'Abs@li:t/


    obsolete ( comparative more obsolete, superlative most obsolete )

    1. ( of words, equipment, etc. ) no longer in use; gone into disuse; disused or neglected ( often by preference for something newer, which replaces the subject ) .
      In several years, it is speculated that the Internet's speedy delivery of news worldwide will make newspapers obsolete .
    2. ( biology ) Imperfectly developed; not very distinct .

    Usage notes

    • Nouns to which "obsolete" is often applied: word, phrase, equipment, computer, technology, weapon, machine, law, statute, currency, building, idea, skill, concept, custom, theory, tradition, institution .


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    1. ^ Oxford Dictionary

    External links

    • obsolete in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • obsolete in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • obsolete at OneLook Dictionary Search

Explanation of obsolete by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. no longer in use

    2. obsolete words

    Definition of obsolete by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Obsolete a. [L. obsoletus, p. p. of obsolescere. See Obsolescent.]
      1. No longer in use; gone into disuse; disused; neglected; as, “an obsolete word; an obsolete statute”; -- applied chiefly to words, writings, or observances.

      2. ( Biol. ) Not very distinct; obscure; rudimental; imperfectly developed; abortive.

      Syn. -- Ancient; antiquated; old-fashioned; antique; old; disused; neglected. See Ancient.

    2. Obsolete, v. i. To become obsolete; to go out of use. [R.] Fitzed. Hall.