What does extinct mean?

Definitions for extinctɪkˈstɪŋkt

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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"


  1. Extinct(a.)

    Specifically: Once existing as a species but now having no living members; -- used of species of living organisms, especially of animals and plants; as, dinosaurs are now extinct; the dodo bird is extinct.

  2. Origin: [L. extinctus, exstinctus, p. p. of extinguere, exstinguere. See Extinguish.]


  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

  4. Origin: [L. extinctus, exstinctus, p. p. of extinguere, exstinguere. See Extinguish.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Extinct

    eks-tingkt′, adj. put out: extinguished: no longer existing: dead.—adj. Extinct′ed, extinguished.—ns. Extincteur (eks-tang′tür, eks-tingk′tür—see Extinguisher); Extinc′tion, a quenching or destroying: destruction: suppression.—adj. Extinct′ive, tending to extinguish.—n. Extinct′ure (Shak.), extinction.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of extinct in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of extinct in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Tokuo Hayakawa:

    This region will definitely go extinct.

  2. Daniel Chan:

    My trade will go extinct before elephants go extinct.

  3. Blade:

    Frost You may wake up one day and find yourself extinct

  4. Bertrand Russell, Playboy Interview - March 1963:

    The human race may well become extinct before the end of the century.

  5. Luis Merlo:

    Some 60-70 percent of (amphibians) are in critical danger or almost extinct.

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