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  1. continued from, resembling, or adhering to the past; old-fashioned: antiquated attitudes.
  2. no longer used; obsolete or obsolescent: The spinning wheel is an antiquated machine.
  3. aged; old:

Origin of antiquated

First recorded in 1615–25; antiquate + -ed2
Related formsan·ti·qua·ted·ness, nounun·an·ti·quat·ed, adjective

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verb (used with object), an·ti·quat·ed, an·ti·quat·ing.
  1. to make obsolete, old-fashioned, or out of date by replacing with something newer or better: This latest device will antiquate the ice-cube tray.
  2. to design or create in an antique style; cause to appear antique.

Origin of antiquate

1400–50; late Middle English antiquat old < Medieval Latin antīquātus old, ancient, past participle of antiquāre to put in an earlier state, verbal derivative of Latin antīquus; see antique
Related formsan·ti·qua·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for antiquated


  1. outmoded; obsolete
  2. aged; ancient
Derived Formsantiquatedness, noun


verb (tr)
  1. to make obsolete or old-fashioned
  2. to give an old or antique appearance to

Word Origin

C15: from Latin antīquāre to make old, from antīquus ancient
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Word Origin and History for antiquated


1620s, past participle adjective from antiquate (1530s) "to make old or obsolete," from Latin antiquatus, past participle of antiquare (see antique (adj.)). An older adjective in the same sense was antiquate (early 15c.), from Latin.

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