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old

adjective
 
 
/əʊld/
LIVED LONG A1 having lived or existed for a long time: an old man/woman an old house We're all getting older. Children should show some respect for the old.The elderlyOld or old-fashionedDescribing people who are oldDescribing people who are oldThe elderlyOld or old-fashionedThe elderly
USED A LOT A2 having been used or owned for a long time: You might get dirty so wear some old clothes.Old or old-fashionedThe elderly
AGE A1 used to describe or ask about someone's age: How old are you? She'll be 3 years old this month.Describing age and birthdays
an old friend/enemy, etc A2 someone who has been your friend/enemy, etc for a long time: I met an old friend who I was at college with.Friends, acquaintances and contemporaries
BEFORE [always before noun] A2 used before or in the past: I think the old system was better in many ways. When he visits his mother, he sleeps in his old room.Old or old-fashionedThe elderlyIn the past
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