extinct

adjective
ex·​tinct | \ ik-ˈstiŋ(k)t How to pronounce extinct (audio) , ˈek-ˌstiŋ(k)t How to pronounce extinct (audio) \

Definition of extinct

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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b : no longer active an extinct volcano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3a : gone out of use : superseded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

extinct

verb
extincted; extincting; extincts

Definition of extinct (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for extinct

Synonyms: Adjective

bygone, bypast, dead, defunct, departed, done, expired, gone, nonextant, vanished

Antonyms: Adjective

alive, existent, existing, extant, living

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Examples of extinct in a Sentence

Adjective

Many of these old traditions have since become extinct. a few overgrown ruins are all that remain of that once mighty but now extinct civilization

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

There’s the possibility that if more mountain lions aren’t introduced into the range in the years to come, that group could become extinct. Joseph Serna, latimes.com, "Meet the four blue-eyed mountain lion kittens living in the Simi Hills," 19 June 2018 The Stark house symbol and loyal companions to the six Stark children, are based on the now-extinct dire wolves of the prehistoric era, but fans are looking to large dog breeds for their similar appearances as pets. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Game Of Thrones Wants You To Stop Buying "Direwolf" Dog Breeds," 16 Apr. 2019 Tucked away in the Lower East Side, the Metrograph was launched in 2016 as a way to promote and preserve a specific type of filmgoing experience that seemed to be going extinct. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "The Coolest New Yorkers Came Out to Celebrate the Metrograph Theater's Third Birthday," 25 Mar. 2019 Six years later, a conservative primary challenger defeated Case, one of a now-extinct breed of liberal Republicans. Thomas Fitzgerald, Philly.com, "U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez wins Democratic nomination in New Jersey," 5 June 2018 The first: June 17, 2007 against the Minnesota Twins, with an assist from outfielder Lew Ford, who lost the ball in the lights at the now-extinct Metrodome. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Let Prince Fielder's two inside-the-park home runs provide your Brewers zen for the day," 15 May 2018 Among the attractions is a taxidermy mount of the now-extinct California grizzly bear. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego County Youth of the Year picked," 7 Apr. 2018 An animal like the now-extinct Macrauchenia is a perfect example. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "It Will Take Millions of Years for Evolution to Replace What We Might Lose in the Next 50," 16 Oct. 2018 Analysis of bones from now-extinct elephant birds could shed new light on the fate of the giant fowls. James Rogers, Fox News, "Elephant bird mystery solved? Discovery may explain demise of world's largest-ever birds," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of extinct

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for extinct

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin exstinctus, past participle of exstinguere

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The first known use of extinct was in the 15th century

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extinct

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of extinct

: no longer existing
: no longer active

extinct

adjective
ex·​tinct | \ ik-ˈstiŋkt How to pronounce extinct (audio) \

Kids Definition of extinct

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

extinct

adjective
ex·​tinct | \ ik-ˈstiŋ(k)t How to pronounce extinct (audio) , ˈek-ˌ How to pronounce extinct (audio) \

Medical Definition of extinct

: no longer existing : lacking living representatives extinct prehistoric animals

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