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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
Recent Examples on the Web While that’s an antiquated belief these days, for many people — even those who aren’t having traditional nuptials — choosing what to wear on their wedding day is a big deal. Eliza Huber,, "How To Safely Shop For A Wedding Dress In-Person During The Pandemic," 9 Feb. 2021 But, curiously, to establish a baseline measurement of kelp on the coast, Costa’s high-tech research team relied on antiquated marine maps for the job. Rochelle Baker, Wired, "A New Project Maps the Pacific Coast's Critical Kelp Forests," 23 Jan. 2021 The agency has had a roughly 20 percent reduction in its budget (adjusted for inflation) since fiscal 2010, resulting in antiquated technology and inadequate staffing levels, Collins said in her annual report to Congress. Washington Post, "Don’t file a paper 2020 federal tax return if you don’t have to, IRS watchdog warns," 15 Jan. 2021 The shipping and freight business is one of the oldest and most mature on the planet, but is sometimes still working with antiquated systems, Kirchner said. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Software startup lands $60 million investment from Goldman Sachs, only months after moving from California to Dallas," 4 Feb. 2021 Four years later, the 69-year-old is proud of his achievements in cleaning up a muddled bureaucracy, overhauling an antiquated IT system, and developing a string of programs shot through with the Carson brand of self-reliant conservatism. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Ben Carson touts successes at HUD under Trump and plans for bipartisan future with think tank," 14 Jan. 2021 Evers has blamed an antiquated processing system for the backlog and said lawmakers, both past and present, have avoided investing the money necessary to upgrade it sooner. Todd Richmond, Star Tribune, "GOP balks at Evers' special session on unemployment," 13 Jan. 2021 The problem is Turkey Point’s antiquated cooling system, which has not fundamentally changed since the 1970s. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "America’s green energy hopes hinge on propping up aging nuclear plants," 19 Dec. 2020 The result is antiquated technology and inadequate staffing levels to meet the mission, the report said. Author: Lisa Rein, Anchorage Daily News, "Refunds and stimulus payments are still piled up at the IRS, and this year may be just as bad, new report says," 13 Jan. 2021

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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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“Antiquated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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