ex·​tant | \ ˈek-stənt How to pronounce extant (audio) ; ek-ˈstant, ˈek-ˌstant How to pronounce extant (audio) \

Definition of extant

1a : currently or actually existing the most charming writer extant— G. W. Johnson
b : still existing : not destroyed or lost extant manuscripts
2 archaic : standing out or above

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Examples of extant in a Sentence

There is, he reports, no extant copy of the Super Bowl I television broadcast; nobody bothered to keep the tapes. — Joe Queenan, New York Times Book Review, 1 Feb. 2009 First produced in the spring of 472 BC, Persians is noteworthy in the corpus of the thirty-two extant Greek tragedies in that it is the only classical Greek drama that dramatizes an actual historical event. — Daniel Mendelsohn, New York Review, 21 Sept. 2006 [George] Lucas' brain teemed with plots and characters, exotic creatures, worlds to be spun out of the words and sketches in his notebooks. Also, by numbering the extant episodes IV, V and VI, he was implicitly promising a prequel trilogy … — Richard Corliss, Time, 9 May 2005 There are few extant records from that period. one of the oldest buildings still extant
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Recent Examples on the Web In 2003, the actor Tim Reid found the only extant 35-millimeter print stored under a different title. J. Hoberman, New York Times, "The Spy Movie That Upset the American Dream," 18 Sep. 2020 By styling a new collection in the language of past seasons and Coach’s heritage, Vevers is plotting a more sustainable future, one with fewer products that live seamlessly with extant ones. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Coach Will Mix Archival Pieces With Its Spring 2021 Collection For Its Fashion Week Experience," 1 Sep. 2020 In fact, the rover isn’t supposed to go near places where extant life-forms have any chance of existing. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "NASA Goes Looking for Tiny Ancient Martians," 30 July 2020 The main goal of the mission is to search the Red Planet for signs of life—either extinct or extant. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Perseverance Rover Is on Its Way to Mars," 29 July 2020 So this note of sale is special among the extant scraps from his life. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Removing Beethoven’s Wig: A Classical Music Reading List," 29 May 2020 While a bull moose is indeed larger and more imposing than any extant animal in Eurasia, Jefferson and others in the young republic soon came across evidence of even larger American mammals. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Story of Charles Willson Peale’s Massive Mastodon," 6 May 2020 Robotic missions that venture into regions on Mars where extant life could reside must abide by stricter cleanliness protocols, which Horgan says are onerous enough to make launching missions next to impossible. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "NASA Goes Looking for Tiny Ancient Martians," 30 July 2020 That evidence includes two extant videos, one posted to YouTube in 2017, the other posted to Vimeo way back in 2008. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "We traced Namco’s “new” Pac-Man demake to its source: A 2008 fan ROMhack," 4 July 2020

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First Known Use of extant

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for extant

Latin exstant-, exstans, present participle of exstare to stand out, be in existence, from ex- + stare to stand — more at stand

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The first known use of extant was in 1545

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22 Sep 2020

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“Extant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extant. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of extant

formal : in existence : still existing : not destroyed or lost

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