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an·tique / anˈtēk/ • n. a collectible object such as a piece of furniture or work of art that has a high value because of its considerable age.• adj. 1. (of a collectible object) having a high value because of considerable age: an antique clock. ∎  (of a method of finishing a wooden surface) intended to resemble the appearance of antique furniture.2. belonging to ancient times: antique gods. ∎  old-fashioned or outdated: trade unions defending antique work practices. ∎ often humorous showing signs of great age or wear: an antique divorcee in reduced circumstances.• v. 1. (-tiques, -tiqued, -ti·quing) [tr.] [usu. as adj.] (antiqued) make (something) resemble an antique by artificial means: an antiqued door.2. (go antiquing) shop in stores where antiques are sold.