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Learner's definition of ANCIENT  
[more ancient; most ancient]
: very old : having lived or existed for a very long time — often used in an exaggerated way to describe an old machine, person, etc.
: of, coming from, or belonging to a time that was long ago in the past
◊ In informal use, something that happened long ago and that is not important any more is ancient history.
Synonyms see: 1old

— anciently

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