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EXTINCT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does extinct mean? 

EXTINCT (adjective)
  The adjective EXTINCT has 3 senses:

1. no longer in existence; lost or especially having died out leaving no living representatives
2. (of e.g. volcanos) permanently inactive
3. being out or having grown cold

  Familiarity information: EXTINCT used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXTINCT (adjective)


Sense 1extinct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

No longer in existence; lost or especially having died out leaving no living representatives

Synonyms:

extinct; nonextant

Context examples:

an extinct species of fish / an extinct royal family / extinct laws and customs

Similar:

dead (not surviving in active use)

Also:

nonexistent (not having existence or being or actuality)

Antonym:

extant (still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost)


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Meaning:

(of e.g. volcanos) permanently inactive

Context example:

an extinct volcano

Similar:

dead (physically inactive)

Attribute:

extinction (no longer active; extinguished)

Antonym:

active ((of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting)


Sense 3extinct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being out or having grown cold

Synonyms:

out; extinct

Context examples:

threw his extinct cigarette into the stream / the fire is out

Similar:

dead (not showing characteristics of life especially the capacity to sustain life; no longer exerting force or having energy or heat)


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