Definitions for extinctɪkˈstɪŋkt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. no longer in existence:

    an extinct species.

    Category: Biology

  2. no longer in use; obsolete:

    an extinct custom.

  3. no longer burning; extinguished.

  4. no longer active:

    an extinct volcano.

Origin of extinct:

1400–50; late ME < L ex(s)tinctus, ptp. of ex(s)tinguere to extinguish

Princeton's WordNet

  1. extinct, nonextant(adj)

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

    "an extinct species of fish"; "an extinct royal family"; "extinct laws and customs"

  2. extinct(adj)

    (of e.g. volcanos) permanently inactive

    "an extinct volcano"

  3. extinct, out(p)(adj)

    being out or having grown cold

    "threw his extinct cigarette into the stream"; "the fire is out"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. extinct(adjective)ɪkˈstɪŋkt

    (of a type of animal or plant) not existing anymore

    Dinosaurs are extinct.; extinct species; species that are in danger of extinction


  1. extinct(Adjective)

    Extinguished, no longer alight (of fire, candles etc.)

    Poor Edward's cigarillo was already extinct.

  2. extinct(Adjective)

    No longer used; obsolete, discontinued.

    Luckily, such ideas about race are extinct in current sociological theory.

  3. extinct(Adjective)

    No longer in existence; having died out.

    The dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years.

  4. extinct(Adjective)

    No longer actively erupting.

    Most of the volcanos on this island are now extinct.

  5. Origin: Recorded since 1432; from extinctus, the past participle of extinguere, corresponding to ex- + stinguere

Webster Dictionary

  1. Extinct(adj)

    extinguished; put out; quenched; as, a fire, a light, or a lamp, is extinct; an extinct volcano

  2. Extinct(adj)

    without a survivor; without force; dead; as, a family becomes extinct; an extinct feud or law

  3. Extinct(verb)

    to cause to be extinct


  1. Extinct

    Extinct is a British television series that aired on ITV, STV & UTV in 2006. It features eight celebrities highlighting the plight of some of the world's most endangered species and was presented by Zoë Ball and Sir Trevor McDonald. During the series, the public were asked to phone in and vote for which animal they wanted to receive 50% of the money raised through the phone votes, via the charity WWF. The winning animal got over £178,000 and the remaining seven shared £178,000. A sister programme called Extinct - The Quiz also aired at the same time.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of a type of animal etc) no longer in existence

Mammoths became extinct in prehistoric times.

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