[ ob-suh-leet, ob-suh-leet ]
/ ˌɒb səˈlit, ˈɒb səˌlit /
no longer in general use; fallen into disuse: an obsolete expression.
of a discarded or outmoded type; out of date: an obsolete battleship.
(of a linguistic form) no longer in use, especially, out of use for at least the past century.Compare archaic.
effaced by wearing down or away.
Biology. imperfectly developed or rudimentary in comparison with the corresponding character in other individuals, as of the opposite sex or of a related species.
verb (used with object), ob·so·let·ed, ob·so·let·ing.
to make obsolete by replacing with something newer or better; antiquate: Automation has obsoleted many factory workers.
Words nearby obsolete
Origin of obsolete
OTHER WORDS FROM obsolete
ob·so·lete·ly, adverbob·so·lete·ness, nounnon·ob·so·lete, adjectivesub·ob·so·lete, adjective
sub·ob·so·lete·ly, adverbsub·ob·so·lete·ness, nounun·ob·so·lete, adjective
usage note for obsolete
Terms and definitions labeled Obsolete in this dictionary have not been in widespread use since the mid 1700s. Unlike some relatively familiar archaic words and phrases, like prithee and thou art, obsolete words and phrases are not easily understood by a modern reader, and obsolete senses of current terms, as found in definitions 13, 14, and 15 of nice, are even more difficult for a contemporary reader to recognize.
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British Dictionary definitions for non-obsolete
/ (ˈɒbsəˌliːt, ˌɒbsəˈliːt) /
out of use or practice; not current
out of date; unfashionable or outmoded
biology (of parts, organs, etc) vestigial; rudimentary
Derived forms of obsoleteobsoletely, adverbobsoleteness, noun
Word Origin for obsolete
C16: from Latin obsolētus worn out, past participle of obsolēre (unattested), from ob- opposite to + solēre to be used
usage for obsolete
The word obsoleteness is hardly ever used, obsolescence standing as the noun form for both obsolete and obsolescent
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