- (of words, equipment, etc.) No longer in use; gone into disuse; disused or neglected (often by preference for something newer, which replaces the subject).
2013 July 20, “The attack of the MOOCs”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
- Since the launch early last year of […] two Silicon Valley start-ups offering free education through MOOCs, massive open online courses, the ivory towers of academia have been shaken to their foundations. University brands built in some cases over centuries have been forced to contemplate the possibility that information technology will rapidly make their existing business model obsolete.
- It is speculated that, within a few years, the Internet's speedy delivery of news worldwide will make newspapers obsolete.
- (biology) Imperfectly developed; not very distinct.
- Nouns to which "obsolete" is often applied: word, phrase, equipment, computer, technology, weapon, machine, law, statute, currency, building, idea, skill, concept, custom, theory, tradition, institution.
- (no longer in use): ancient, antiquated, antique, archaic, disused, neglected, old, old-fashioned, out of date
- (in biology: imperfectly developed): abortive, obscure, rudimental
no longer in use
in biology: imperfectly developed
- (transitive, US) To cause to become obsolete.
- This software component has been obsoleted.
- We are in the process of obsoleting this product.
- To obsolete is often used in computing and other technical fields to indicate an effort to remove or replace something.
- Compare deprecated (“no longer considered correct usage”).
- Noah Webster (1913), “obsolete”, in Noah Porter, editor, Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam Company
- “obsolete”, in The Century Dictionary, New York: The Century Co., 1911
- obsolete at OneLook Dictionary Search
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