out·​dat·​ed | \ ˌau̇t-ˈdā-təd How to pronounce outdated (audio) \

Definition of outdated

: no longer current : outmoded

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Other Words from outdated

outdatedly adverb
outdatedness noun

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Tuesday was declared a public holiday in Mumbai, where thigh-deep flooding in major intersections overwhelmed the city’s overstretched and outdated drainage system. Corinne Abrams, WSJ, "Deadly Monsoon Rains Cause Chaos in India’s Financial Capital," 2 July 2019 Schools apply for grants to fix everything from leaking roofs to outdated cooling systems. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Hundreds of school repairs across Arizona delayed for more than a year, audit finds," 21 June 2019 The news stretches the growing paranoia concerning digital privacy into the aviation industry, which is notorious for its outdated and vulnerable technology. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Two Major Airlines Admit to Undisclosed Cameras in Aircraft Entertainment Systems," 22 Feb. 2019 But supporters say the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta's delivery system is outdated and vulnerable to earthquakes, flooding, saltwater intrusion, sea level rise and environmental degradation. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "$11B California WaterFix project gets key agency OK, but still faces opposition," 11 Apr. 2018 According to many industry figures, Netflix is not the next stage in cinema’s evolution; movie theaters are merely an outdated version of Netflix. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Netflix Is a Business, Not a Movement," 24 June 2019 The 1978 Ted Stevens Amateur Sports Act - the law that established the USOC charter and gave it nonprofit tax status - is badly outdated. Sally Jenkins, courant.com, "Larry Nassar is in jail, but only one USOC official was fired? Yes, we need reform.," 18 June 2019 Walter Rivera, a lawyer who specializes in biodiversity and professor of environmental law at Central University of Ecuador, says Bolivia’s laws are outdated and that policymakers show little interest in animal conservation. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "Endangered armadillos are being turned into carnival rattles," 22 Feb. 2019 That’s hard to square with a show that sells what many believe is an outdated and dull version of sexuality and femininity. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show sells a fantasy of empowerment. I sorta believed it.," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of outdated

1616, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outdated

: no longer useful or acceptable : not modern or current


out·​dat·​ed | \ au̇t-ˈdā-təd How to pronounce outdated (audio) \

Kids Definition of outdated

: not modern or current They replaced their outdated machinery.

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