Definition of out of date in English:

out of date


  • 1Old-fashioned.

    ‘everything in her wardrobe must be hopelessly out of date’
    • ‘Focusing on the amorphous concept of social justice is all very well, but failing to see, or treat seriously, the link between economic prosperity and social advancement is evidence of blinkered and out-of-date thinking.’
    • ‘Councils point out they receive only a third of the money in council tax, the bulk coming direct from central Government by way of the standard spending assessment, which its critics say is based on flawed and out-of-date principles.’
    • ‘I hope he means ‘tired’ as in passé or out-of-date.’
    • ‘Those seeking to abuse the fast-developing connected digital era are mediated by archaic laws based on out-of-date concepts.’
    • ‘After hundreds of years, these presents may sound out-of-date, but at the same time, they are still symbols of love, friendship and affection - indispensable to all.’
    • ‘Which will seem more quaint, out-of-date, or stupid?’
    • ‘There has to be some form of reform because the current system is out-of-date.’
    • ‘My sisters and I wore out-of-date clothing and matching dresses.’
    • ‘They had done their homework and cared little about the details, the stripped-down, out-of-date interior of my mother's quaint little ranch.’
    • ‘American schools, he said, were dangerously underfunded and out-of-date, and needed community support if the United States was not to slip behind other nations.’
    • ‘While much of the analysis shouldn't be described as obsolete, it can reasonably be considered out-of-date.’
    • ‘Left unmentioned is that that tiny force would have out-of-date weaponry, a laughable command structure, culture barriers, and zero political will to fix any of these problems.’
    • ‘It's difficult to say whether the film would have been better had it gone before cameras three or four years ago but, by 2005, it feels creaky and out-of-date.’
    old-fashioned, outmoded, out of fashion, unfashionable, frumpish, frumpy, out of style, outdated, dated, out, outworn, old, former, musty, old-time, old-world, behind the times, behindhand, past, bygone, archaic, obsolescent, obsolete, ancient, antiquated, superannuated
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    1. 1.1 No longer valid or relevant.
      ‘an out-of-date passport’
      • ‘Reports from Italy yesterday suggested he may have been travelling on an out-of-date passport in his old name.’
      • ‘Nobody seems to know just what to do with chemists’ controlled drugs which are out-of-date or have been returned by patients.’
      • ‘After a long and tedious afternoon's work, all the out-of-date raisins and lentils have been chucked and the kitchen cupboards have been restored to order.’
      • ‘He said: ‘What is the point of having this equipment if it does not work, cannot be used in court and is totally out-of-date?’’
      • ‘Londoners were forced to reorder new stationery three times in ten years, and many businesses around the capital still have out-of-date phone numbers engraved prominently on their shop-fronts.’
      • ‘‘I would advise all businesses that sell such food to ensure they have adequate, effective procedures in place to prevent out-of-date food being served,’ he added.’
      • ‘Dates will be checked periodically, and out-of-date kegs will be pulled.’
      • ‘‘Science is very fast-moving and teachers who graduated just five years ago will have very out-of-date science knowledge,’ he said.’
      • ‘Both use terms and dating criteria inconsistently and contain inaccuracies or out-of-date information that will confuse the general reader.’
      • ‘It has developed a pioneering ‘Speed Awareness Course’ where drivers receive a lecture partly based upon the out-of-date stopping and braking distances found in the Highway Code.’
      • ‘The report sent over from Italy removed the out-of-date names (one of the key reasons they were spotted later as forgeries) and replaced them with the correct names.’
      • ‘The council's food safety team has dealt with about 160 complaints in the past year, covering foreign objects found in food, out-of-date foods and contaminated food.’
      • ‘We have moved the signs from an out-of-date planning line to the edge of the true danger area.’
      • ‘The cartons, which were labelled with a ‘use by’ date of 11 January, were already six days out-of-date.’
      • ‘Market timing involves a similar but somewhat grayer procedure, which at bottom also depends on exploiting out-of-date prices that new information has made obsolete.’
      • ‘They included an out-of-date passport and references from people who were unable to verify clinical skills.’
      • ‘The skipper had an out-of-date fire extinguisher and a hand-held portable radio with a flat battery.’
      superseded, obsolete, no longer current, no longer topical, stale, expired, extinct, lapsed, elapsed, run out, invalid, void, null and void
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