Obsolete meaning

ŏbsə-lēt, ŏbsə-lēt
The definition of obsolete is something that is no longer being used or is out of date.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.

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(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.
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(biol.) Rudimentary or poorly developed as compared with its counterpart in other individuals of a related species, the opposite sex, etc.; vestigial.
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Outmoded in design, style, or construction.

An obsolete locomotive.

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No longer in fashion; out-of-date; passé
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To make obsolete, as by replacing with something newer.
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(biology) Imperfectly developed; not very distinct.
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No longer in use.

An obsolete word.

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It is speculated that, within a few years, the Internet's speedy delivery of news worldwide will make newspapers obsolete.
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To cause to become obsolete.
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No longer in use or practice; discarded.
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(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.
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(US) To cause to become obsolete.

This software component has been obsoleted.

We are in the process of obsoleting this product.

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Origin of obsolete

  • Latin obsolētus past participle of obsolēscere to fall into disuse obsolescent

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary