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Definition 1: past times (especially in the phrase `in days of old') - [noun denoting time]

(old is a kind of ...) the time that has elapsed

"forget the past"

Definition 2: of long duration; not new - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where old or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • old tradition
  • old house
  • old wine
  • old country
  • old friendships
  • old money

(old is similar to ...) ancient

"hoary jokes"

(old is similar to ...) having existed or persisted or continued in a particular role or state for a long time

"a longtime friend"

(old is similar to ...) belonging to time long gone

"those long-ago dresses that swished along the floor"

(old is similar to ...) long past; beyond the limits of memory or tradition or recorded history

"time immemorial"

(old is similar to ...) previously used or owned by another

"bought a secondhand (or used) car"

(old is similar to ...) passed on from one person to another

"not too proud to wear hand-me-down clothes"

(old is similar to ...) a Scottish word

"auld lang syne"

(old is similar to ...) made in or typical of earlier times and valued for its age

"the beautiful antique French furniture"

(old is similar to ...) so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period

"a ramshackle antediluvian tenement" "antediluvian ideas" "archaic laws"

(old is similar to ...) belonging to or lasting from times long ago

"age-old customs" "the antique fear that days would dwindle away to complete darkness"

(old is similar to ...) of a declining industry or technology

"sunset industries"

(old is similar to ...) changed to a yellowish color by age

"yellowed parchment"

(old is similar to ...) mended usually clumsily by covering a hole with a patch

"patched jeans"

(means also ...) earlier than the present time; no longer current

"time past" "his youth is past" "this past Thursday" "the past year"

(means also ...) affected by wear; damaged by long use

"worn threads on the screw" "a worn suit" "the worn pockets on the jacket"

(means also ...) not modern; of or characteristic of an earlier time

(means also ...) lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age

"stale bread" "the beer was stale"

(means also ...) not current or belonging to the present time

(... are attributes of old) how long something has existed

"it was replaced because of its age"

Definition 3: (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where old or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his mother is very old
  • a ripe old age
  • how old are you?

(old is similar to ...) mentally or physically infirm with age

"his mother was doddering and frail"

(old is similar to ...) being from 80 to 89 years old

(old is similar to ...) being from 90 to 99 years old

"the nonagenarian inhabitants of the nursing home"

(old is similar to ...) being roughly between 45 and 65 years old

(old is similar to ...) showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair

"whose beard with age is hoar" "nodded his hoary head"

(old is similar to ...) honorably retired from assigned duties and retaining your title along with the additional title `emeritus' as in `professor emeritus'

(old is similar to ...) too old to be useful

"He left the house...for the support of twelve superannuated wool carders"

(old is similar to ...) (of fabrics and paper) grown dark in color over time

"the darkened margins of the paper"

(old is similar to ...) being at least 100 years old

(old is similar to ...) of or like a feeble old woman

(old is similar to ...) very old

"an ancient mariner"

(old is similar to ...) growing old

(old is similar to ...) having attained a specific age; (`aged' is pronounced as one syllable)

"aged ten" "ten years of age"

(old is similar to ...) advanced in years; (`aged' is pronounced as two syllables)

"aged members of the society" "elderly residents could remember the construction of the first skyscraper" "senior citizen"

(old is similar to ...) being from 60 to 69 years old

"the sexagenarian population is growing"

(old is similar to ...) impressive by reason of age

"a venerable sage with white hair and beard"

(old is similar to ...) somewhat elderly

(means also ...) older; higher in rank; longer in length of tenure or service

"senior officer"

(means also ...) having reached full natural growth or development

"a mature cell"

(means also ...) having experience; having knowledge or skill from observation or participation

(... are attributes of old) how long something has existed

"it was replaced because of its age"

Definition 4: of a very early stage in development - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where old or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Old English is also called Anglo Saxon
  • Old High German is High German from the middle of the 9th to the end of the 11th century

(old is similar to ...) of an early stage in the development of a language or literature

"the Early Hebrew alphabetical script is that used mainly from the 11th to the 6th centuries B.C." "Early Modern English is represented in documents printed from 1476 to 1700"

(old belongs to category ...) the scientific study of language

Definition 5: skilled through long experience - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where old or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an old offender
  • the older soldiers

Synonyms for old in the sense of this definition

(old is similar to ...) having experience; having knowledge or skill from observation or participation

Definition 6: (used for emphasis) very familiar - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where old or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • good old boy
  • same old story

(old is similar to ...) well known or easily recognized

"a familiar figure" "familiar songs" "familiar guests"

Definition 7: very good - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where old or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he did a bully job
  • a neat sports car
  • had a great time at the party
  • you look simply smashing
  • we had a grand old time

Synonyms for old in the sense of this definition

(old is similar to ...) having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified

"good news from the hospital" "a good report card" "when she was good she was very very good" "a good knife is one good for cutting" "this stump will make a good picnic table" "a good check" "a good joke" "a good exterior paint" "a good secretary" "a good dress for the office"

(old is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 8: just preceding something else in time or order - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where old or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the previous owner
  • my old house was larger

Synonyms for old in the sense of this definition

(old is similar to ...) existing or coming before

Definition 9: belonging to some prior time - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where old or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • erstwhile friend
  • our former glory
  • the once capital of the state
  • her quondam lover

Synonyms for old in the sense of this definition

(old is similar to ...) earlier than the present time; no longer current

"time past" "his youth is past" "this past Thursday" "the past year"

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