Definition of extinct adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪkˈstɪŋkt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstɪŋkt//
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  1. 1(of a type of plant, animal, etc.) no longer in existence an extinct species to become extinct The red squirrel is in danger of becoming extinct in England. the fossilised remains of extinct animals The numbers of these animals have been falling steadily and they are now almost extinct. The species was presumed extinct. Wordfinderbiodiversity, conservation, endanger, the environment, extinct, green, managed, species, sustainable, toxic See related entries: Conservation
  2. 2(of a type of person, job or way of life) no longer in existence in society Servants are now almost extinct in modern society.
  3. 3(of a volcano) no longer active
  4. opposite active
    Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘no longer alight’): from Latin exstinct- ‘extinguished’, from the verb exstinguere, from ex- ‘out’ + stinguere ‘quench’.
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