out·​dat·​ed | \ ˌau̇t-ˈdā-təd How to pronounce outdated (audio) \

Definition of outdated

: no longer current : outmoded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Other Words from outdated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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The sheriff has been criticized for relying on an outdated Code Red system that requires opting in to alerts rather than a mass Amber Alert-style warning that pings nearly every cellphone, TV and radio in the area. Paul Elias, The Seattle Times, "Back-to-back crises boost California sheriff’s profile," 28 Nov. 2018 In the bailout years, many talented underwriters decamped AIG for rivals, some clients transferred profitable types of policies to other insurers, and AIG grappled with outdated computer systems that have forced large expenditures to upgrade. Leslie Scism, WSJ, "AIG’s Loss Narrows, But Catastrophe Claims Still Sting," 31 Oct. 2018 This included updating an outdated security system. Gianna Annunzio, chicagotribune.com, "'They don't want to help the school': After referendum fails, Pennoyer leaders say issues still must be addressed," 9 Apr. 2018 In 2017, the Supreme Court said the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals had used outdated standards to decide that Moore was not intellectually disabled. Juan A. Lozano, The Seattle Times, "Supreme Court rules out death penalty for Texas inmate," 19 Feb. 2019 That is a dramatic reversal from a year ago, when executives were sanguine about the risk of recession, ranking it their 19th concern overall out of 28 issues, below issues like outdated infrastructure, workforce diversity and income inequality. Lauren Weber, WSJ, "CEOs Say Recession Is Top Worry for 2019," 16 Jan. 2019 The grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will cover part of the $1.8 million needed to reconfigure the outdated infrastructure at the facility. Stephanie Morse, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "State pledges $500,000 to help redevelop former Oscar Mayer plant in Madison," 11 July 2018 The location services at 911 call centers are based on outdated infrastructure from the era of landlines. Ally Marotti, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago iPhone users soon will automatically share location on 911 calls," 18 June 2018 But in-dash systems typically store data locally, meaning information may be inaccurate and outdated. Eric A. Taub, New York Times, "Car Navigation Systems Plot a Course Forward Against Phone Apps," 1 Feb. 2018

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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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