dis·​use | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈyüz How to pronounce disuse (audio) , dish- \
disused; disusing; disuses

Definition of disuse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to discontinue the use or practice of


dis·​use | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈyüs How to pronounce disuse (audio) , dish- \

Definition of disuse (Entry 2 of 2)

: cessation of use or practice

Synonyms & Antonyms for disuse

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of disuse in a Sentence

Noun The room was dusty from disuse. since the car has experienced years of disuse, starting it up won't be easy
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the Russian language today, the entire vocabulary of principles and ideals has, after decades of abuse, been relegated to disuse. Hari Kunzru, The New York Review of Books, 4 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Around that time, the Chavín culture’s political power waned, and the site fell into disuse—at least as a major religious center. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 13 June 2022 Other businesses followed — a plumbing-supply company, a furniture store — before the building slipped into disuse. New York Times, 30 May 2022 Sometimes as wide as 18 inches, summer beams fell into disuse after about 1750, when heavier floor joists were used. Regina Cole, Forbes, 3 May 2022 When the man who cared for the land and animals became ill, the area fell into disuse and residents started disposing of their garbage there. Siobhan Reid, Vogue, 20 Apr. 2022 The markers of day and evening had fallen into disuse. Kevin Barry, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 Buying old photo gear can be frustrating—a lot can go wrong inside a camera, especially after years of disuse. PCMAG, 9 Mar. 2022 The building fell into disuse in the 20th Century and was rescued from demolition by theatre! Shivani Vora, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 Colored High School faded into disuse following the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, desegregating public schools. Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of disuse


15th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Disuse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disuse. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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dis·​use | \ dis-ˈyüs How to pronounce disuse (audio) \

Kids Definition of disuse

: lack of use

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