- The definition of obsolete is something that is no longer being used or is out of date.
- An example of obsolete is the vcr.
- An example of obsolete is a Sony Walkman.
A VCR player is obsolete technology.
- no longer in use or practice; discarded
- no longer in fashion; out-of-date; passé
- Biol. rudimentary or poorly developed as compared with its counterpart in other individuals of a related species, the opposite sex, etc.; vestigial: said of an organ, etc.
Origin of obsoleteClassical Latin obsoletus, past participle of obsolescere, to go out of use ; from ob- (see ob-) + an unverified form -solescere (; from exolescere, to grow out of use ; from ex-, ex- + uncertain or unknown; perhaps alescere, to increase: see adolescent)
- No longer in use: an obsolete word.
- Outmoded in design, style, or construction: an obsolete locomotive.
- Biology Vestigial or rudimentary, especially in comparison with related or ancestral species, as the tailbone of an ape. Used of an organ or other part of an organism.
transitive verbob·so·let·ed, ob·so·let·ing, ob·so·letes
Origin of obsoleteLatin obsolētus, past participle of obsolēscere, to fall into disuse; see obsolescent.
(comparative more obsolete, superlative most obsolete)
- It is speculated that, within a few years, the Internet's speedy delivery of news worldwide will make newspapers obsolete.
- (biology) Imperfectly developed; not very distinct.
- 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.
(third-person singular simple present obsoletes, present participle obsoleting, simple past and past participle obsoleted)
- (US) To cause to become obsolete.
- This software component has been obsoleted.
- We are in the process of obsoleting this product.
- Compare deprecated (“no longer considered correct usage”)