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Undergone the effects of time, improving as a result.
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  1. Undergone the effects of time, improving as a result.
  2. Brought to a desired ripeness or maturity:
  3. Old; grown old
Not current; outmoded
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  1. Not current; outmoded
  2. Old; having lived for relatively many years
  3. Quite old; already in old age; aged
Of, relating to, or characteristic of a patriarch.
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  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a patriarch.
  2. Relating to a system run by males, rather than females.
  3. Ruled by a patriarch:
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Obsolete; old-fashioned; outdated
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  1. Obsolete; old-fashioned; outdated
  2. Retired, esp. with a pension, because of old age or infirmity
  3. Too old or worn for further work, service, etc.
Of great age; very old:
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  1. Of great age; very old:
  2. (Archaic) Having the qualities associated with age, wisdom, or long use; venerable:
  3. Of, relating to, or belonging to times long past, especially before the fall of the Western Roman Empire ( ad 476):
Not properly maintained; neglected
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  1. Not properly maintained; neglected
  2. No longer in working order
  3. Sick or worn out, as by old age or disease
Very old; having existed for a long time; ancient or well-established
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  1. Very old; having existed for a long time; ancient or well-established
  2. Very old or ancient.
Of the time before the biblical Flood
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  1. Of the time before the biblical Flood
  2. (Bible) Occurring or belonging to the era before the Flood.
  3. Very old, old-fashioned, or primitive
From or relating to a previous era.
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  1. From or relating to a previous era.
  2. Of, relating to, or belonging to time long past; old or ancient:
  3. Old; ancient.
Of, related to, or occurring in the past:
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  1. Of, related to, or occurring in the past:
Of long standing or experience
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  1. Of long standing or experience
  2. Of, like, or characteristic of past times
  3. From or reminiscent of an earlier time or era; old-fashioned.
Intermediate in character or position, as with regard to a subjective matter:
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  1. Intermediate in character or position, as with regard to a subjective matter:
  2. Old, or old and respected
  3. The SI derived unit used to measure the energy absorbed by a substance per unit weight of the substance when exposed to radiation. One gray is equal to one joule per kilogram, or 100 rads. The gray is named after British physicist Louis Harold Gray (1905–1965).
Streaked or mixed with grey; grizzly; griseous
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  1. Streaked or mixed with grey; grizzly; griseous
  2. Gray or streaked with gray
  3. Greyed, old
(--- Roman Catholic Church) Used as a title for a person who has reached the first stage of canonization.
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  1. (--- Roman Catholic Church) Used as a title for a person who has reached the first stage of canonization.
  2. Impressive on account of age or historic or religious associations
  3. Worthy of reverence, especially by religious or historical association:
Covered with grayish hair or pubescence:
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  1. Covered with grayish hair or pubescence:
  2. Having white or gray hair from advanced age
  3. So old as to inspire veneration; ancient.
Experienced, especially in terms of a profession or a hobby
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Showing impairment of energy or strength; enfeebled.
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  1. Showing impairment of energy or strength; enfeebled.
Not strong or stable; shaky:
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  1. Not strong or stable; shaky:
  2. (Archaic) Lacking firmness of will, character, or purpose; irresolute.
  3. Weak in body or mind, especially from old age or disease.
(Physics) Showing no optical activity in polarized light.
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  1. (Physics) Showing no optical activity in polarized light.
  2. Not affecting the plane of polarized light: said of some isomers of certain optically active crystalline substances
  3. (Physics) Showing no optical activity in polarized light
Lacking in some essential; incomplete; defective
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  1. Lacking in some essential; incomplete; defective
  2. Inadequate in amount or degree; insufficient:
  3. Lacking an essential quality or element:
Weakened, worn out, impaired, or broken down by old age, illness, or hard use.
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  1. Weakened, worn out, impaired, or broken down by old age, illness, or hard use.
Exhausted of strength or energy; fatigued.
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  1. Exhausted of strength or energy; fatigued.
  2. Overused; hackneyed:
  3. Impatient; bored:
Diminished, damaged, or weakened:
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  1. Diminished, damaged, or weakened:
  2. Having a physical or mental disability:
  3. Functioning poorly or incompetently:
Lacking vitality; listless and weak:
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  1. Lacking vitality; listless and weak:
  2. Relating to or suffering from anemia.
  3. (By extension) Weak; listless; lacking power, vigor, vitality, or colorfulness.
(Slang) Quite intoxicated by drugs or alcohol
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  1. (Slang) Quite intoxicated by drugs or alcohol
  2. Needless or superfluous:
  3. Not profitably used or maintained:
Trembling, tottering, or exhibiting mental impairment associated with aging.
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  1. Trembling, tottering, or exhibiting mental impairment associated with aging.
  2. Mentally or physically infirm due to old age; senile
(Geology) At the end of an erosion cycle:
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  1. (Geology) At the end of an erosion cycle:
  2. Being a disease or condition whose cause is primarily advanced age:
  3. Showing the marked deterioration often accompanying old age, esp. mental impairment characterized by confusion, memory loss, etc.
No longer novel
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Damaged and useless due to hard or continued use.
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  1. Damaged and useless due to hard or continued use.
  2. No longer effective, usable, or serviceable due to wear or overuse
  3. Worn or used until no longer usable or effective.
Sparsely supplied or provided; scanty:
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  1. Sparsely supplied or provided; scanty:
  2. Not having enough photographic density or contrast to make satisfactory prints. Used of a negative.
  3. Easily seen through; flimsy or unconvincing
Having been patched.
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  1. Having been patched.
Having an irregular surface or edge; uneven or jagged in outline:
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  1. Having an irregular surface or edge; uneven or jagged in outline:
  2. Rent or worn into tatters, or till the texture is broken.
  3. Hence, harsh and disagreeable to the ear; dissonant.
  1. Secondhand
  2. Not new; secondhand:
  3. That has been used
Sick or worn out, as by old age or disease
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  1. Sick or worn out, as by old age or disease
  2. Not properly maintained; neglected
  3. No longer in working order
(Often rusted-out) Corroded; steel that has oxidized; covered in rust.
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  1. (Often rusted-out) Corroded; steel that has oxidized; covered in rust.
Having fallen into a state of disrepair or deterioration, especially through neglect
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  1. Having fallen into a state of disrepair or deterioration, especially through neglect
  2. Falling to pieces or into disrepair; broken down; shabby and neglected
Stained, damaged, or worn down
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  1. Stained, damaged, or worn down
  2. Sunburned, roughened, etc.
  3. Beaten or harassed by the weather; worn or damaged by exposure to the weather or the outdoors, especially to severe weather.
Loose and rickety; likely to fall to pieces; shaky
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  1. Loose and rickety; likely to fall to pieces; shaky
  2. 2012 September 7, Dominic Fifield, “England start World Cup campaign with five-goal romp against Moldova", The Guardian:
  3. So poorly constructed or kept up that disintegration is likely; rickety:
Beaten repeatedly or consistently; beaten up.
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  1. Beaten repeatedly or consistently; beaten up.
  2. (Cooking) Coated with batter.
  3. Beaten up through a lot of use; in rough condition; weathered, beat-up.
Showing much wear; ragged; threadbare
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  1. Showing much wear; ragged; threadbare
  2. Showing signs of wear and tear; threadbare or worn-out:
  3. Dilapidated or deteriorated in condition, especially through neglect; seedy:
Thrown away; discarded; abandoned
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  1. Thrown away; discarded; abandoned
  2. Discarded; rejected.
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  1. Old-fashioned, out of date
  2. Too old to be fashionable, suitable, or useful; outmoded.
  3. No longer used or useful; obsolete, old-fashioned, out-of-date, etc.
Out of condition, ineffective, enervated, bored, etc. from either too much or too little activity
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  1. Out of condition, ineffective, enervated, bored, etc. from either too much or too little activity
  2. Having lost freshness; made musty, dry, bad, etc. by having been kept too long
  3. (Law) Having lost legal force or effect through lack of use or action, as a claim or lien
Incapable of acting or functioning effectively; ineffectual or inept:
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  1. Incapable of acting or functioning effectively; ineffectual or inept:
  2. Having no use; unserviceable; worthless
  3. Without use or possibility to be used.
In tatters; torn and ragged
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  1. In tatters; torn and ragged
  2. Wearing torn and ragged clothes
  3. Rent in tatters, torn, hanging in rags; ragged
Old and in poor condition
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  1. Old and in poor condition
  2. Decayed or decrepit in appearance; worn-out
  3. Containing holes by having been eaten by moth larvae.
Of great age; very old:
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  1. Of great age; very old:
  2. (Archaic) Having the qualities associated with age, wisdom, or long use; venerable:
  3. Of times long past; belonging to the early history of the world, esp. before the end of the Western Roman Empire (a.d. 476)
Relating to, being, or characteristic of words and language that were once in regular use but are now relatively rare and suggestive of an earlier style or period.
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  1. Relating to, being, or characteristic of words and language that were once in regular use but are now relatively rare and suggestive of an earlier style or period.
  2. Belonging to an earlier period; ancient
  3. Relating to or being an early form of Homo sapiens or a closely related species, such as Neanderthal, that is anatomically distinct from modern humans.
Of, or in the style of, a former period
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  1. Of, or in the style of, a former period
  2. Belonging to, made in, or typical of an earlier period:
  3. Of or belonging to ancient times, especially of, from, or characteristic of ancient Greece or Rome.
Respected or adhered to because of age or age-old observance.
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  1. Respected or adhered to because of age or age-old observance.
  2. Honored or observed because in existence or use for a long time
  3. Honored because of great age, or long usage
Of or relating to a language before it is first recorded in writing.
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  1. Of or relating to a language before it is first recorded in writing.
  2. Of relating to the epoch before written record.
  3. Of the period before recorded history
Gone by; past:
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  1. Gone by; past:
  2. Having been or happened in the far past.
  3. That has or have gone by; past; former
Maturing or developing relatively soon:
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  1. Maturing or developing relatively soon:
  2. Of or belonging to an initial stage of development:
Of which knowledge has been lost; which is no longer remembered.
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  1. Of which knowledge has been lost; which is no longer remembered.
  1. That is beyond memory; ancient.
  2. Extending back beyond memory or record; ancient
  3. Reaching beyond the limits of memory, tradition, or recorded history.
Distant in connection, relation, bearing, or the like
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  1. Distant in connection, relation, bearing, or the like
  2. Not immediate or primary; far removed in influence
  3. Distant in time:
Having existed or occurred in an earlier time; bygone:
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  1. Having existed or occurred in an earlier time; bygone:
  2. Having served formerly in a given capacity, especially an official one:
  3. No longer current; gone by; over:
Far removed; remote:
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  1. Far removed; remote:
  2. Minimally similar:
  3. Far removed or apart in time:
First mentioned of two
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  1. First mentioned of two
  2. Preceding in time; earlier; past
  3. Having been so in the past:
Well versed in or devoted to Greek and Roman culture, literature, etc.
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  1. Well versed in or devoted to Greek and Roman culture, literature, etc.
  2. (Music) Of or relating to European music during the latter half of the 18th and the early 19th centuries.
  3. Conforming to the artistic and literary models of ancient Greece and Rome.
Of, like, characteristic of, or suggestive of the Middle Ages
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  1. Of, like, characteristic of, or suggestive of the Middle Ages
  2. (--- Informal) Old-fashioned; unenlightened:
  3. Of or relating to a historical period roughly coinciding with the European Middle Ages and characterized by feudal or aristocratic social structures, as in Japan or China.
Not derivative; fundamental; original
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  1. Not derivative; fundamental; original
  2. First in time; existing at or from the beginning; primitive; primeval
  3. (Biol.) Earliest formed in the development of an organism, organ, structure, etc.; primitive
Of the earliest times or ages; primal; primordial
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  1. Of the earliest times or ages; primal; primordial
  2. Belonging to the first or earliest age or ages; original or ancient:
Of, relating to, or typical of the earliest time or condition; primitive or original.
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  1. Of, relating to, or typical of the earliest time or condition; primitive or original.
  2. Unspoiled; still with its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied
  3. (Archaic) Characteristic of the earliest, or an earlier, period or condition; original
(Obs.) Untimely
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  1. (Obs.) Untimely
  2. Restricted to no specific time; always valid, true, or applicable
Too old for its date to be fixed
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  1. Too old for its date to be fixed
  2. Still good or interesting though old
  3. So ancient that no date can be determined.
Having continued for a long time
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  1. Having continued for a long time
Impressive on account of age or historic or religious associations
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  1. Impressive on account of age or historic or religious associations
  2. Worthy of reverence, especially by religious or historical association:
  3. (--- Roman Catholic Church) Used as a title for a person who has reached the first stage of canonization.
Covered with grayish hair or pubescence:
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  1. Covered with grayish hair or pubescence:
  2. Having white or gray hair from advanced age
  3. So old as to inspire veneration; ancient.
Of, pertaining to, derived from, or possessed by, an ancestor or ancestors; as, an ancestral estate.
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  1. Of, pertaining to, derived from, or possessed by, an ancestor or ancestors; as, an ancestral estate.
  2. Of or inherited from an ancestor or ancestors
  3. Of, relating to, or evolved from an ancestor or ancestors.
Observant of tradition; attached to old customs; old-fashioned.
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  1. Observant of tradition; attached to old customs; old-fashioned.
  2. Of or pertaining to tradition; derived from tradition; communicated from ancestors to descendants by word only; transmitted from age to age without writing; as, traditional opinions; traditional customs; traditional expositions of the Scriptures.
  3. Designating or of a style of improvised jazz associated historically with early black New Orleans musicians and typically played by a band made up of one or two cornets, a clarinet, a trombone, and a rhythm section that includes a banjo and a tuba
Of or relating to an early or original stage or state; primeval:
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  1. Of or relating to an early or original stage or state; primeval:
  2. Having evolved very little from an early type. Lampreys and sturgeon are primitive fishes.
  3. Relating to an early or original stage.
Relating to an inherited trait that reappears in an individual after being absent from a strain of organism for several generations. Atavistic traits were formerly thought to be throwbacks to ancestral types but are now known to be due to the inheritance of a pair of recessive genes.
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  1. Relating to an inherited trait that reappears in an individual after being absent from a strain of organism for several generations. Atavistic traits were formerly thought to be throwbacks to ancestral types but are now known to be due to the inheritance of a pair of recessive genes.
Alternative spelling of troglodytic.
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(Bible) Of or relating to Noah or his time.
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  1. (Bible) Of or relating to Noah or his time.
  2. Antiquated; ancient; long obsolete.
Of or pertaining to a race that predates Adam; pre-human.
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  1. Of or pertaining to a race that predates Adam; pre-human.
(Simile) Extremely old.
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In effect; operative:
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  1. In effect; operative:
  2. Pleasant; enjoyable:
  3. Competent; skilled:
Highly esteemed or regarded. Used in direct address, especially in salutations:
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  1. Highly esteemed or regarded. Used in direct address, especially in salutations:
  2. Much loved; beloved
  3. Greatly valued; precious:
Being one generation removed from the relative specified. Often used in combination:
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  1. Being one generation removed from the relative specified. Often used in combination:
  2. (Informal) Very good; first-rate:
  3. Very skillful:
Grand or noble in thought or accomplishment; exalted:
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  1. Grand or noble in thought or accomplishment; exalted:
  2. Beautiful in a grand or stately way; rich or sumptuous, as in construction, decoration, form, etc.
  3. Exceptionally good; excellent
Majestic or magnificent:
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  1. Majestic or magnificent:
  2. Of unusually high quality; excellent:
  3. Extremely fine; excellent
Relating to, intended for, or befitting adults:
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  1. Relating to, intended for, or befitting adults:
  2. Of or for adult persons
  3. Containing or dealing in explicitly sexual material; pornographic:
Produced or cultivated in a certain way or place:
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  1. Produced or cultivated in a certain way or place:
  2. Cultivated as specified
  3. Having full growth; mature:
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  1. Old-fashioned, out of date
  2. Too old to be fashionable, suitable, or useful; outmoded.
  3. No longer used or useful; obsolete, old-fashioned, out-of-date, etc.
(Biol.) Rudimentary or poorly developed as compared with its counterpart in other individuals of a related species, the opposite sex, etc.; vestigial
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  1. (Biol.) Rudimentary or poorly developed as compared with its counterpart in other individuals of a related species, the opposite sex, etc.; vestigial
  2. (Biology) Vestigial or rudimentary, especially in comparison with related or ancestral species, as the tailbone of an ape. Used of an organ or other part of an organism.
  3. No longer in use:
Not in fashion; unfashionable:
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  1. Not in fashion; unfashionable:
  2. No longer usable or practical; obsolete:
  3. No longer in fashion or accepted; obsolete
Continuing or persisting in the same state; lasting; enduring. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
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  1. Continuing or persisting in the same state; lasting; enduring. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
  2. Lasting for a long time; enduring:
  3. Continuing without change; enduring; lasting
Lasting in spite of hard wear or frequent use
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  1. Lasting in spite of hard wear or frequent use
  2. Made to withstand repeated use over a relatively long period, usually several years or more:
  3. Lasting; stable:
Lasting; continuing; durable:
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  1. Lasting; continuing; durable:
  2. Long-suffering; patient.
  3. Lasting; permanent; durable
Continuing or remaining for a long time; enduring:
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  1. Continuing or remaining for a long time; enduring:
Having a long life:
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  1. Having a long life:
  2. Functioning a long time; durable:
Having continued for a long time
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  1. Having continued for a long time
Extremely durable; permanent.
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  1. Extremely durable; permanent.
Lasting or active throughout the whole year
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  1. Lasting or active throughout the whole year
  2. Having a life cycle of more than two years: said esp. of herbaceous plants that produce flowers and seed from the same root structure year after year
  3. Lasting an indefinitely long time; enduring:
Lasting a relatively long time
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  1. Lasting a relatively long time
  2. Lasting or remaining without essential change:
  3. Not expected to change in status, condition, or place:
(Zoology) Retained permanently, rather than disappearing in an early stage of development:
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  1. (Zoology) Retained permanently, rather than disappearing in an early stage of development:
  2. Existing or remaining in the same state for an indefinitely long time; enduring:
  3. Continuing to exist or endure; lasting without change
Ahead of the times; progressive:
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  1. Ahead of the times; progressive:
  2. Being at a higher level than others:
  3. Far along in course or time:
Having reached the age of:
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  1. Having reached the age of:
  2. Brought to a desired ripeness or maturity:
  3. Being of advanced age; old.
Not current; outmoded
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  1. Not current; outmoded
  2. Being past middle age and approaching old age; rather old.
  3. Old; having lived for relatively many years
Of or relating to the fourth and last year of high school or college:
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  1. Of or relating to the fourth and last year of high school or college:
  2. Being in a position, rank, or grade above others of the same set or class:
  3. Of or relating to senior citizens.
Very old; having existed for a long time; ancient or well-established
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  1. Very old; having existed for a long time; ancient or well-established
  2. Very old or ancient.
Having existed a long time; very old
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  1. Having existed a long time; very old
  2. Of great age; very old:
  3. Of, relating to, or belonging to times long past, especially before the fall of the Western Roman Empire ( ad 476):
Of the time before the biblical Flood
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  1. Of the time before the biblical Flood
  2. (Bible) Occurring or belonging to the era before the Flood.
  3. Very old, old-fashioned, or primitive
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  1. Old-fashioned, out of date
  2. No longer used or useful; obsolete, old-fashioned, out-of-date, etc.
  3. Too old to be fashionable, suitable, or useful; outmoded.
Of, or in the style of, a former period
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  1. Of, or in the style of, a former period
  2. Belonging to, made in, or typical of an earlier period:
  3. Of or belonging to ancient times, especially of, from, or characteristic of ancient Greece or Rome.
That has ceased to be used except for special purposes, as in poetry, church ritual, etc.
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  1. That has ceased to be used except for special purposes, as in poetry, church ritual, etc.
  2. Relating to or being an early form of Homo sapiens or a closely related species, such as Neanderthal, that is anatomically distinct from modern humans.
  3. Belonging to an earlier period; ancient
Covered with grayish hair or pubescence:
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  1. Covered with grayish hair or pubescence:
  2. Having white or gray hair from advanced age
  3. So old as to inspire veneration; ancient.
From or relating to a previous era.
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  1. From or relating to a previous era.
  2. Of, relating to, or belonging to time long past; old or ancient:
  3. Old; ancient.
Of long standing or experience
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  1. Of long standing or experience
  2. From or reminiscent of an earlier time or era; old-fashioned.
  3. Of, like, or characteristic of past times
  1. Trite or banal; overused or hackneyed
  2. Worn or deteriorated by long use or existence
  3. Used too often; trite:
(--- Roman Catholic Church) Used as a title for a person who has reached the first stage of canonization.
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  1. (--- Roman Catholic Church) Used as a title for a person who has reached the first stage of canonization.
  2. Used as a form of address for an archdeacon in the Anglican Church or the Episcopal Church.
  3. Worthy of reverence, especially by religious or historical association:
Of an earlier time; former
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  1. Of an earlier time; former
  2. (Literary, law) Former, previous.
  3. Former:
Preceding in time; earlier; past
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  1. Preceding in time; earlier; past
  2. First mentioned of two
  3. Having been so in the past:
Of or toward the end or more advanced part, as of a period or stage:
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  1. Of or toward the end or more advanced part, as of a period or stage:
  2. Having begun or occurred just previous to the present time; recent:
  3. Dead, especially if only recently deceased:
Having been formerly; former:
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  1. Having been formerly; former:
  2. Former; quondam
Just gone by or elapsed:
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  1. Just gone by or elapsed:
  2. Having served formerly in a given capacity, especially an official one:
  3. No longer current; gone by; over:
(Informal) Too soon; premature
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  1. (Informal) Too soon; premature
  2. (Informal) Acting, occurring, or done too soon; premature or hasty:
  3. Existing or occurring before something else in time or order; prior:
That was at one time; former
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  1. That was at one time; former
  2. That once was; former:
Formerly such; former
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  1. Formerly such; former
  2. Having once been; former:
  3. (Now literary) Former, sometime, late, erstwhile, quondam.
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  1. Old-fashioned, out of date
  2. Too old to be fashionable, suitable, or useful; outmoded.
  3. No longer used or useful; obsolete, old-fashioned, out-of-date, etc.
Belonging to, made in, or typical of an earlier period:
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  1. Belonging to, made in, or typical of an earlier period:
  2. Having the appearance of an antique.
  3. Old-fashioned; outdated:
That has ceased to be used except for special purposes, as in poetry, church ritual, etc.
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  1. That has ceased to be used except for special purposes, as in poetry, church ritual, etc.
  2. Antiquated; old-fashioned
  3. Relating to, being, or characteristic of words and language that were once in regular use but are now relatively rare and suggestive of an earlier style or period.
Gone by; past:
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  1. Gone by; past:
  2. Having been or happened in the far past.
  3. That has or have gone by; past; former
No longer fashionable.
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