dat·​ed | \ ˈdā-təd How to pronounce dated (audio) \

Definition of dated

1 : provided with a date a dated document
2 : outmoded, old-fashioned dated formalities

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Other Words from dated

datedly adverb
datedness noun

Examples of dated in a Sentence

The band's music sounds dated now. The information was quite dated and no longer useful.

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Elvis lived in the mansion — which looks somewhat dated, but not over-the-top — from 1957 to 1977. Pamela Wright,, "You can visit, as long as you promise not to sing ‘Walking in Memphis’," 16 July 2019 In response, traders dumped short-dated bonds and sent the yield on two-year debt surging by 11 basis points, or 0.11 percentage points, to 1.87% at the time of writing. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "A strong US jobs report puts the markets, the Fed, and the data at odds," 5 July 2019 In general, longer curtains give off a more finished, refined look, while treatments that are too short look dated and messy. Washington Post, "Unsure of how to treat your windows? Experts offer advice to dress them in style.," 3 July 2019 Many of the references are quite dated (the column is from the early 2000s) but the sentiment still holds up. Creg Stephenson |,, " All-Access: What’s your most gut-wrenching loss as a fan?," 18 June 2019 Even the combat information center of the USS Zumwalt, lead ship of the most advanced U.S. Navy destroyers of all time, already looks dated by comparison. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Frigate's Combat Information Center Is Straight Out of 'Star Trek'," 29 May 2019 What always seemed most charming about Anchor — its penchant for the old-fashioned — started to just feel dated. San Francisco Chronicle, "Is San Francisco's Anchor Brewing having an identity crisis?," 3 Jan. 2015 But beyond its dated slasher remake appeal, the new Child’s Play is tailor-made for the Netflix generation who have turned niche properties into sensations. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Child's Play' Builds on the Legacy of Horror Remakes," 23 June 2019 The dated standards have not evolved in the last fifteen years because of resistance within the commission and partisan politics outside of it. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "Mitch McConnell is Making the 2020 Election Open Season for Hackers," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of dated

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dated was in 1578

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English Language Learners Definition of dated

: coming from or belonging to a time in the past : old-fashioned or out-of-date

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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