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1 being of advanced years and especially past middle age
  • every day the old fisherman set out in his small boat to brave the dangers of the sea

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3 having been such at some previous time
  • I ran into my old fourth-grade teacher yesterday

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4 causing weariness, restlessness, or lack of interest
  • even the most stirring speeches start to get old after you've heard them a few times

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old, ancient, venerable, antique, antiquated, archaic, obsolete mean having come into existence or use in the more or less distant past. old may apply to either actual or merely relative length of existence. old houses an old sweater of mine ancient applies to occurrence, existence, or use in or survival from the distant past. ancient accounts of dragons venerable stresses the impressiveness and dignity of great age. the family's venerable patriarch antique applies to what has come down from a former or ancient time. collected antique Chippendale furniture antiquated implies being discredited or outmoded or otherwise inappropriate to the present time. antiquated teaching methods archaic implies having the character or characteristics of a much earlier time. the play used archaic language to convey a sense of period obsolete may apply to something regarded as no longer acceptable or useful even though it is still in existence. a computer that makes earlier models obsolete

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The first known use of old was before the 12th century

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“Old.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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