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Meaning of obsolete by Wiktionary Dictionary

obsolete


    Etymology

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

    Pronunciation

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

    Adjective

    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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    See also

    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

obsolete


    Adjective
    1. no longer in use

    2. obsolete words


    Definition of obsolete by GCIDE Dictionary

    obsolete


    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.