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obsolete

Definition:

no longer in use

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

obsoleteness

Comparative:

more obsolete

Superlative:

most obsolete

Similar to:

noncurrent

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

obsolete words

Synonyms:

archaic | archaical | disused | arch. [abbreviation] | obs. [abbreviation]

Etymology:

Latin obsoletus, past participle of obsolescere, to go out of use from ob- (see...
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Obsolescence | Obsolete

the state of being which occurs when an object, service, or practice is no longer wanted even though it may still be in good working order. Obsolescence frequently occurs because a replacement has become available that has, in sum, more advantages than... (42 of 1150 words, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

obsolete | rudimentary [synonym, sense-specific] | obsoletely [adverb, derived]

out of use or practice; not current | out of date; unfashionable or outmoded | [biology] (of parts, organs, etc) vestigial; rudimentary (20 of 458 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/obsolete

Merriam-Webster:

obsolete [entry 1, adjective] | old-fashioned [synonym, sense-specific] | vestigial [synonym, sense-specific] | antiquated [synonym, sense-specific] | archaic [synonym, sense-specific] | dated [synonym, sense-specific] | démodé [synonym, sense-specific] | demoded [synonym, sense-specific] | fossilized [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

no longer in use or no longer useful ; of a kind or style no longer current; "old-fashioned" | [plant or animal part] indistinct or imperfect as ... (26 of 356 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/obsolete

obsolete [entry 2, verb] | obsoleted [past tense] | obsoleting [present participle]

to make (something) old-fashioned or no longer useful; make obsolete (10 of 90 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/obsolete show=1

Oxford Dictionary:

obsolete | rudimentary [synonym, sense-specific] | obsoletely [derived] | obsoleteness [derived] | obsoletism [derived]

no longer produced or used; out of date | [biology] : (of a part or characteristic of an organism) less developed than formerly or in a related ... (26 of 137 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/obsolete

Wiktionary:

obsolete | obsoleted [past tense] | obsoleting [present participle] | obsoletes [3rd-person singular present] | ancient [synonym, sense-specific] | antiquated [synonym, sense-specific] | antique [synonym, sense-specific] | archaic [synonym, sense-specific] | disused [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[words, equipment, etc.] no longer in use; gone into disuse; disused or neglected (often by preference for something newer, which replaces the subject). | [biology] Imperfectly developed; not very distinct. | [United States] To perform some action that... (36 of 116 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/obsolete

Random House Dictionary:

obsolete | obsoleted [past tense] | obsoleting [present participle]

no longer in general use; fallen into disuse. | of a discarded or outmoded type; out of date. | (of a linguistic form) no longer in use, especially, ... (26 of 105 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/obsolete

New World Dictionary:

obsolete | obsoleted [past tense] | obsoleting [present participle] | obsoletely [adverb, related] | obsoleteness [noun, related]

no longer in use or practice; discarded | no longer in fashion; out-of-date; passé | [biology] rudimentary or poorly developed as compared with its ... (22 of 91 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/obsolete

American Heritage Dictionary:

obsolete | obsoleted [past tense] | obsoleting [present participle] | obsoletes [3rd-person singular present] | obsoletely [adverb, related] | obsoleteness [noun, related] | obsoletism [noun, related]

No longer in use | Outmoded in design, style, or construction | [biology] Vestigial or imperfectly developed, especially in comparison with other ... (20 of 81 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/obsolete

Macmillan British Dictionary:

obsolete

no longer used because of being replaced by something newer and more effective (13 of 43 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/obsolete

Cambridge Dictionary:

obsolete

not in use any more, having been replaced by something newer and better or more fashionable (16 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/obsolete

Encarta Dictionary:

obsolete

no longer in use | superseded by something newer, though possibly still in use | describes a part or organ of an animal or plant that is undeveloped ... (26 of 67 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861684346​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

obsolete | obsoleted [past tense] | obsoleting [present participle]

Origin: Latin obsoletus, past participle of obsolescere, to go out of use from ob- (see "ob-") + *-solescere ( from ... (19 of 33 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/obsolete

Online Etymology:

obsolete

First use: 1570s

Origin: Latin obsoletus "grown old, worn out", past participle of obsolescere "fall into disuse", probably from ob "away" + solere ... (20 of 25 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=obsolete

Wiktionary:

obsolete | obsoleted [past tense] | obsoleting [present participle] | obsoletes [3rd-person singular present]

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

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/obsolete

Collins Dictionary:

obsolete

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin obsolētus worn out, past participle of obsolēre (unattested), from ob- opposite to + solēre to be used

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/obsolete

Oxford Dictionary:

obsolete

First use: late 16th century

Origin: Latin obsoletus "grown old, worn out", past participle of obsolescere "fall into disuse"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/obsolete

American Heritage Dictionary:

obsolete | obsoleted [past tense] | obsoleting [present participle] | obsoletes [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin obsolētus, past participle of obsolēscere, to fall into disuse; see "obsolescent".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/obsolete

Merriam-Webster:

obsolete [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 1579

Origin: Latin obsoletus, from past participle of obsolescere to grow old, become disused, perhaps from ob- toward + solēre to be accustomed

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/obsolete

Encarta Dictionary:

obsolete

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Latin obsoletus, past participle of obsolescere

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861684346​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

obsolete

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "obsolete"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "obsolete"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

obsolete

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "obsolete"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "obsolete"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

obsolete

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Cambridge Dictionary:

obsolete

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "obsolete"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "obsolete"

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the Free Dictionary:

obsolete

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Google Dictionary:

obsolete | obsoleted [past tense] | obsoleting [present participle] | obsoletes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "obsolete"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

obsolete

Audio: North American pronunciation of "obsolete"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=obsole​04 word=obsolete

YourDictionary Audio:

obsolete

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "obsolete" by speech synthesizer

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