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Meaning & Definition of Extinct in English





1. 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"
  • extinct
  • ,
  • nonextant

2. (of e.g. volcanos) permanently inactive

  • "An extinct volcano"
  • extinct

3. Being out or having grown cold

  • "Threw his extinct cigarette into the stream"
  • "The fire is out"
  • extinct
  • ,
  • out(p)

Examples of using

Human life faces the same alternatives that confront all other forms of life—of adapting itself to the conditions under which it must live or becoming extinct.
The dodo is an already extinct species.
It was during the ice age that the saber-toothed tiger became extinct.