dis·use | \(ˌ)dis-ˈyüz, dish-\

Definition of disuse 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to discontinue the use or practice of


dis·use | \-ˈyüs \

Definition of disuse (Entry 2 of 2)

: cessation of use or practice

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Synonyms & Antonyms for disuse

Synonyms: Noun

desuetude, idleness, inactivity

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of disuse in a Sentence


The room was dusty from disuse. since the car has experienced years of disuse, starting it up won't be easy

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The technical reasons for a 50-mm lens best approximating human vision break down when celluloid film or its digital-sensor equivalent fall into disuse. Allain Daigle, The Atlantic, "How the 50-mm Lens Became ‘Normal’," 13 May 2018 Beneath the dirt and disuse of the Uvalde home are signs of the home’s past grandeur. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "Dale Evans’ Uvalde home for sale — but needs tons of work," 25 Apr. 2018 With the arrival in 1995 of the World Trade Organization, which polices global trade, Section 301 fell largely into disuse. Paul Wiseman And Ken Thomas, chicagotribune.com, "Trump to punish China on trade as U.S. companies fear backlash," 22 Mar. 2018 With the arrival in 1995 of the World Trade Organization, Section 301 fell largely into disuse. Ken Thomas And Paul Wiseman, Houston Chronicle, "Trump orders huge tariffs on China, raises trade war worries," 22 Mar. 2018 By accepting this case, the justices may be signaling a willingness to restore the clause, which has fallen into disuse, to its historical vigor. James W. Ely Jr. And, WSJ, "The Supreme Court’s Chance to Rebuild a ‘Constitutional Bulwark’," 18 Mar. 2018 The property had flooded so many times, Ibsen said, the town decided to abandon the site and rehabilitate an old school field that had fallen into disuse. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Travelers To Restore Puerto Rican Town's 'Point of Pride': Its Little League Field," 5 Mar. 2018 The Bethel Burial Ground, between Lawrence and Leithgow Streets, fell into disuse and then down the memory hole by the end of the 1860s. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "Oldest African American graveyard in West Philadelphia lies beneath proposed apartments," 25 Jan. 2018 Many in Marseille have fallen into disuse; others are frequently closed for repairs. BenoÎt Morenne, New York Times, "Public Pools in Southern France Become a Measure of Inequality," 5 Sep. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of disuse

: the state of not being used : lack of use


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Kids Definition of disuse

: lack of use

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evasion of direct action or statement

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