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extinct

adjective ex·tinct \ ik-ˈstiŋ(k)t , ˈek-ˌstiŋ(k)t \
|Updated on: 6 Jul 2018

Definition of extinct

1 a : no longer burning
b : no longer active
  • an extinct volcano
2 : no longer existing
  • an extinct animal
3 a : gone out of use : superseded
b : having no qualified claimant
  • an extinct title

Examples of extinct in a Sentence

  1. Many of these old traditions have since become extinct.

  2. a few overgrown ruins are all that remain of that once mighty but now extinct civilization

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Origin and Etymology of extinct

Middle English, from Latin exstinctus, past participle of exstinguere


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extinct

verb

Definition of extinct

extincted; extincting; extincts
archaic

First Known Use of extinct

15th century

in the meaning defined above

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EXTINCT Defined for English Language Learners

extinct

Definition of extinct for English Language Learners

  • : no longer existing

  • : no longer active


EXTINCT Defined for Kids

extinct

adjective ex·tinct \ ik-ˈstiŋkt \

Definition of extinct for Students

1 : no longer active
  • an extinct volcano
2 : no longer existing
  • Dinosaurs are extinct.

Medical Dictionary

extinct

adjective ex·tinct \ ik-ˈstiŋ(k)t , ˈek-ˌ \

medical Definition of extinct

: no longer existing : lacking living representatives
  • extinct prehistoric animals


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