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old
old [ ould ] adjective ***
▸ 1 for talking about age
▸ 2 having lived a long time
▸ 3 not new
▸ 4 that existed in the past
▸ 5 for showing you like someone
▸ + PHRASES
1. ) used for talking about the age of someone or something:
how old: She didn't mention how old her children were.
How old are you?
old enough to do something: He's not old enough to see this movie.
too old to do something: Aren't you too old to play with dolls?
a ) a 3-year-old/10-month-old etc. someone who has been alive for 3 years/10 months etc.:
I have two children, a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old.
b ) be 5 years/10 months etc. old to have been alive or to have existed for 5 years/10 months etc.:
My daughter Sophia is 3 years old.
European cities are centuries older than ours.
c ) used for saying that someone is not as young as other people:
He's 26 now, which is quite old in this sport.
the oldest: He's the oldest boy in his class.
older than: I'm older than my brother.
2. ) someone who is old has lived a long time:
A lot of old people live alone.
get/grow old: I hope I'll still be able to play golf when I get old.
a ) the old old people. Many people now think that this expression is offensive.
3. ) something that is old has existed or been used for a long time:
There's an old belief that animals can predict earthquakes.
Her sewing machine's really old, it was her mother's.
Trees are the oldest living things on the planet.
a ) only before noun used in a negative way about something that is not useful or in good condition any more:
Why do you keep all these old newspapers?
That old car of theirs is getting so unreliable.
b ) only before noun used in a positive way about something that is very familiar:
It was nice to get back into my old routine.
c ) an old friend/ally/enemy etc. someone who has been your friend/ally/enemy etc. for a very long time:
Pam and Sue are old friends.
4. ) only before noun used for describing something that existed, happened, or was used in the past:
Thy is an old way of saying your.
Look at all these old machines!
a ) used for referring to something that has been replaced by a newer thing of the same type:
The old highway to Salinas only had two lanes.
b ) used with the names of cities and countries, for referring to the oldest part or to the way it was in the past:
a tour of Warsaw's picturesque Old Town
c ) used with the names of languages to refer to the form of the language that was used in the past:
a poem written in Old English
d ) an old student/girlfriend etc. someone who was your student/girlfriend etc. in the past:
I still get letters from some of my old students.
5. ) INFORMAL used for showing that you like someone and care about them:
How is my old buddy Jim?
dear old: Dear old Emily, what would we do without her?
a ) poor old INFORMAL used for showing sympathy toward someone:
Poor old Diane, she really wanted that job.
(as) old as the hills SPOKEN
extremely old:
I like your dress. Really? It's as old as the hills.
for old times' sake
so that you can remember a happy time in the past:
Let's go back to Boston, for old times' sake.
of old MAINLY LITERARY
used for describing people and things from long ago in the past:
He was like a knight of old.
old enough to be someone's mother/father
much older than a particular person. This phrase is usually used for talking about two people who are having a romantic relationship.
your old self
the way you normally were in the past, before something happened:
Now you're talking like your old self again!
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Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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