Definition of antiquated 

1 : outmoded or discredited by reason of age : old and no longer useful, popular, or accepted antiquated ideas antiquated methods of farming antiquated machinery antiquated slang

2 : obsolete an antiquated calendar

3 : advanced in age

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old, ancient, venerable, antique, antiquated, archaic, obsolete mean having come into existence or use in the more or less distant past. old may apply to either actual or merely relative length of existence. old houses an old sweater of mine ancient applies to occurrence, existence, or use in or survival from the distant past. ancient accounts of dragons venerable stresses the impressiveness and dignity of great age. the family's venerable patriarch antique applies to what has come down from a former or ancient time. collected antique Chippendale furniture antiquated implies being discredited or outmoded or otherwise inappropriate to the present time. antiquated teaching methods archaic implies having the character or characteristics of a much earlier time. the play used archaic language to convey a sense of period obsolete may apply to something regarded as no longer acceptable or useful even though it is still in existence. a computer that makes earlier models obsolete

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He has some pretty antiquated opinions about politics. saw an antiquated hand-cranked rope-making machine at the textiles museum

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And implying that breasts are an identifying quality of a particular gender, or that they are required to fulfill a particular ideal of what a woman is supposed to be or look like, is a seriously offensive and antiquated way of thinking. Sara Altschule, SELF, "8 Things Not to Say to Someone After a Mastectomy," 3 Dec. 2018 This is an antiquated pay model that’s been frozen in time for more than 20 years. Anonymous, Vox, "I’m a bartender. I depend on tips. It’s a terrible way to make a living.," 18 Sep. 2018 The current exhibit space will be greatly expanded, along with the memorial’s tiny bookstore and antiquated restrooms. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Battered by time, nature and antiaircraft fire, Lincoln Memorial gets facelift," 14 June 2018 For Chinese traveling abroad, the rest of the world can seem slow and antiquated. New York Times, "ZTE’s Near-Collapse May Be China’s Sputnik Moment," 10 June 2018 In much of the nation, this imprecise and antiquated system is still how ambulances alert emergency rooms about incoming patients. Naseem S. Miller,, "Florida Hospital Apopka, city's fire department implement new EMS triage app," 16 Apr. 2018 Look at your mail before the post office delivers it In the age of email, the regular post office can seem slow and antiquated. Kim Komando, Fox News, "5 tech gems that will change the way you do things," 1 Apr. 2018 Look at your mail before the post office delivers it In the age of email, the regular post office can seem slow and antiquated. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "5 tech shortcuts that are better than spell check," 30 Mar. 2018 Your Need for Speed As our homes expand to include more connected devices, systems for in-home WiFi have remained antiquated. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Meet the New Way to Make Your WiFi Faster — And More Secure," 5 Nov. 2015

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First Known Use of antiquated

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for antiquated

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English Language Learners Definition of antiquated

: very old and no longer useful, popular, or accepted : very old-fashioned or obsolete


an·​ti·​quat·​ed | \ˈan-tə-ˌkwā-təd\

Kids Definition of antiquated

: very old and no longer useful or popular : old-fashioned, obsolete We bought a house with an antiquated electrical system.

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