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Become obsolescent in time (4)


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'time' is the definition.
(I know that time can be written as date)

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(Other definitions for date that I've seen before include "escort" , "Rendezvous" , "Tropical fruit" , "may be fruitful" , "Sticky fruit" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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