[ ob-suh-leet, ob-suh-leet ]
/ ˌɒb səˈlit, ˈɒb səˌlit /
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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of a discarded or outmoded type; out of date: an obsolete battleship.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 a different 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.
OTHER WORDS FOR obsolete
2 antiquated, ancient, old.
OPPOSITES FOR obsolete
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Origin of obsolete
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.
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
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH obsolete1. archaic, obsolescent, obsolete 2. obsolescent, obsolete
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How to use obsolete in a sentence
Traditional kerosene gas refrigerators — which were quickly becoming obsolete — were portable, albeit cumbersome.The secret weapon for distributing a potential covid-19 vaccine|Joanna Radin|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
Without new skills, they risk becoming obsolete and being laid off and replaced by skilled younger workers.We need a G.I. Bill for frontline workers, the heroes of COVID-19|matthewheimer|October 27, 2020|Fortune
They might also render the most common forms of existing digital encryption obsolete.D-Wave unveils its most powerful quantum computer to date|Jeremy Kahn|September 29, 2020|Fortune
As the two-year deadline before third-party cookies are obsolete on Chrome edges closer, ad tech and browser companies are busily proposing privacy-centered replacements so advertising can continue to work on the web.WTF is Dovekey|Lara O'Reilly|September 28, 2020|Digiday
This is just one example of how an old or obsolete piece of content may be repurposed to keep your content flywheel going.How content consolidation can help boost your rankings|George Nguyen|September 10, 2020|Search Engine Land
British Dictionary definitions for 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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