adjective an·ti·quat·ed

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

Examples of antiquated in a Sentence

  1. He has some pretty antiquated opinions about politics.

  2. saw an antiquated hand-cranked rope-making machine at the textiles museum

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Origin and Etymology of antiquated

Synonym Discussion of antiquated

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

ANTIQUATED Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of antiquated for English Language Learners

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

ANTIQUATED Defined for Kids


adjective an·ti·quat·ed \ ˈan-tə-ˌkwā-təd \

Definition of antiquated for Students

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

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