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old

adjective (NOT YOUNG/NEW)    /əʊld/ US  /oʊld/
A1 having lived or existed for many years: an old man We're all getting older. I was shocked by how old he looked. Now come on, you're old enough to tie your own shoelaces, Carlo. I'm too old to be out clubbing every night. a beautiful old farm house in the country a battered old car That's an old joke - I've heard it about a thousand times. I think this cheese is a bit old judging by the smell of it.Describing people who are oldThe elderly too old/a bit old disapproving unsuitable because intended for older people: Don't you think that book is a bit old for you?Old or old-fashionedThe elderly Grammar:Elder, eldest or older, oldest?Elder and eldest mean the same as older and oldest. We only use the adjectives elder and eldest before a noun (as attributive adjectives), and usually when talking about relationships within a family:See more
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