disuse

verb
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

disuse

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

Definition of disuse (Entry 2 of 2)

: cessation of use or practice

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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: Noun The war has left much of the country scarred, with dams and oil fields barely functioning, industrial areas gutted and schools and hospitals bombed into disuse. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "Reviving Syria’s Economy Is an Uphill Battle for Assad After Years of War," 31 Jan. 2020 The violent agricultural revolution had come with a heavy price: The economy was collapsing as farmland fell into disuse and peasant farmers struggled to grow crops without fertilizer, irrigation, farm equipment, money or seeds. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "Robert Mugabe, Strongman Who Cried, ‘Zimbabwe Is Mine,’ Dies at 95," 22 Nov. 2017 But the gains decline to 60 cents if, as often happens, the new social norms fail to take hold and the latrines fall into disuse. The Economist, "Free exchange Cost-benefit analyses offend against the notion that life is priceless," 16 Nov. 2019 The air was cold down there, and musty from a combination of old electronics and disuse. Peter Kujawinski, New York Times, "Colliders, Sundials and Wonder: When Science Is Your Destination," 28 May 2018 But the gains decline to 60 cents if, as often happens, the new social norms fail to take hold and the latrines fall into disuse. The Economist, "Free exchange Cost-benefit analyses offend against the notion that life is priceless," 16 Nov. 2019 But conservatism isn’t reactionism, and ancient truths in disuse are no less remote from our present location than are the utopian destinations to which Bernie Sanders and his friends would steer us. Daniel Foster, National Review, "Fictions of the Right," 19 Dec. 2019 But the gains decline to 60 cents if, as often happens, the new social norms fail to take hold and the latrines fall into disuse. The Economist, "Free exchange Cost-benefit analyses offend against the notion that life is priceless," 16 Nov. 2019 But the gains decline to 60 cents if, as often happens, the new social norms fail to take hold and the latrines fall into disuse. The Economist, "Free exchange Cost-benefit analyses offend against the notion that life is priceless," 16 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of disuse

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disuse was in the 15th century

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“Disuse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disuse. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for disuse

disuse

noun
How to pronounce disuse (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of disuse

: the state of not being used : lack of use

disuse

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

Kids Definition of disuse

: lack of use

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