Extinct \Ex*tinct"\, v. t. To cause to be extinct. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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  • Extinct — Ex*tinct , a. [L. extinctus, exstinctus, p. p. of extinguere, exstinguere. See {Extinguish}.] 1. Extinguished; put out; quenched; as, a fire, a light, or a lamp, is extinct; an extinct volcano. [1913 Webster] Light, the prime work of God, to me… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • extinct — [ek stiŋkt′, ikstiŋkt′] adj. [ME < L extinctus, exstinctus, pp. of exstinguere: see EXTINGUISH] 1. a) having died down or burned out; extinguished [an extinct fire] b) no longer active [an extinct volcano] 2. no longer in existence or use;… …   English World dictionary

  • extinct — index dead, defunct, lifeless (dead), null (invalid), null and void, obsolete, outdated …   Law dictionary

  • extinct — (adj.) early 15c., from L. extinctus/exstinctus, pp. of extinguere/exstinguere (see EXTINGUISH (Cf. extinguish)). Originally of fires; the sense of the condition of dying out of a family or a hereditary title, 1580s; of species by 1768. Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • extinct — [adj] dead, obsolete abolished, archaic, asleep, bygone, cold*, dead and gone*, deceased, defunct, departed, disappeared, done for*, doused, ended, exanimate, exterminated, extinguished, fallen, gone, inactive, late, lifeless, lost, no longer… …   New thesaurus

  • extinct — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a species or other large group) having no living members. 2) no longer in existence. 3) (of a volcano) not having erupted in recorded history. ORIGIN originally in the sense «no longer alight»: from Latin exstinguere extinguish …   English terms dictionary

  • extinct — 01. Some people fear that grizzly bears are in danger of going [extinct]. 02. Dinosaurs have been [extinct] for millions of years. 03. Although dinosaurs have been [extinct] for millions of years, they are still very popular among children. 04.… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • extinct — [[t]ɪkstɪ̱ŋkt[/t]] 1) ADJ A species of animal or plant that is extinct no longer has any living members, either in the world or in a particular place. It is 250 years since the wolf became extinct in Britain. ...the bones of extinct animals. 2)… …   English dictionary

  • extinct — ex|tinct [ıkˈstıŋkt] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: exstinctus, past participle of exstinguere; EXTINGUISH] 1.) an extinct type of animal or plant does not exist any more ▪ Dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years. ▪ Pandas could …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • extinct — ex|tinct [ ık stıŋkt ] adjective * 1. ) an extinct animal, plant, or language no longer exists: The Tasmanian tiger was declared extinct in 1936. a ) an extinct custom, job, type of person, etc. does not exist any longer because society has… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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