out·​dat·​ed | \ ˌau̇t-ˈdā-təd How to pronounce outdated (audio) \

Definition of outdated

: no longer current : outmoded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Other Words from outdated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

Examples of outdated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Grace Bassey is tired of the outdated way African countries are often portrayed on American screens. Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, "Beyoncé released a video celebrating ‘African tradition.’ Then came the backlash.," 9 July 2020 Crosley Field was on its last legs, but the grand, aging, outdated ballpark had one more Opening Day left. Mark Schmetzer, The Enquirer, "Rockin' The Riverfront: Cincinnati Reds roll over the rest of the National League in 1970," 3 July 2020 One outdated element did make it into the reboot: Claudia’s landline. Ashley Spencer, Washington Post, "‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ was always progressive. Now, Netflix’s version is empowering a new generation.," 3 July 2020 Environmental groups have been critical of FEMA for its outdated flood maps and its slow pace of updating maps in areas with rising risk. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "FEMA Flood Maps Miss Risk to Millions of Homes," 1 July 2020 Nearly every unemployment system, run by each of the 50 states, has been plagued by outdated technology and administrative hurdles — and all have been overwhelmed by the sudden and historic spike in claims. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, "How North Carolina Transformed Itself Into the Worst State to Be Unemployed," 30 June 2020 Britain’s myopia on this subject is part of a global pattern, as politicians easing lockdowns and planning economic recovery depend on outdated, stereotypical assumptions about what work is, and who does it. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Child Care Is Infrastructure," 30 June 2020 The majority of miles replaced old, outdated designs with an enhanced system, according to US Customs and Border Protection. Stephen Collinson With Caitlin Hu, CNN, "The new normal: Empty plinths and fever checks," 24 June 2020 If Beauty and the Beast is a tale as old as time, then 365 Days feels even more outdated than the other erotic interpretation of that classic story: the 50 Shades of Grey series. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Why People Are Obsessed With a Terrible Polish Erotic Thriller," 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of outdated

1616, in the meaning defined above

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24 Jul 2020

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“Outdated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outdated. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce outdated (audio)

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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