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

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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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After years in disuse, Gia Hoa Ryan revived the building as an events and cultural space. Jordyn Grzelewski, cleveland.com, "Hawken School scraps plans for West Side early-childhood center, sells Gordon Square property," 7 June 2019 But the Southeast Asian country’s trains gradually fell into disuse following the rise of the Khmer Rouge, a genocidal agrarian regime that killed an estimated 20% of Cambodia’s population between 1975 and 1979, many at the infamous Killing Fields. Eli Meixler / Phnom Penh, Time, "Riding the Rails: Phnom Penh's Airport Train Is a Milestone for Cambodia," 4 June 2018 The good news is that the heart can bounce back after disuse. Alice Park, Time, "You Can Reverse the Effects of Being a Couch Potato, But Here’s What It’ll Take," 8 Jan. 2018 In the two and half decades since, MORC 2 has fallen prey to disuse and neglect. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Houston, We Have a Resurrection: How Mission Control Came Back from the Brink," 27 Nov. 2018 More than 16,000 square feet of exhibition space will live inside and underneath the reimagined remnants of a 12th-century monastery, which became a brewery in the 1800s before falling into disuse. Natalia Rachlin, WSJ, "A New Museum is Putting This Swiss Alps Town on the Map," 12 Dec. 2018 They are made of materials—glass, rubber, steel, paper gaskets, IC circuits—that decay, erode, corrode, and die from disuse. WSJ, "1968 Jaguar E-Type Zero: Revamping the Vintage Roadster as an Electric Car," 5 Oct. 2018 Because archaeological evidence suggests that most Preclassic (1000 to 250 BCE) cities were abandoned by the Late Classic Period, Garrison says the causeways between them probably also fell into disuse. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "What 61,000 hidden structures reveal about Maya civilization," 28 Sep. 2018 Before long, his attempts to capture the French landscape using pastels, a material that had fallen into disuse, would help launch the Impressionist revolution. M.j. Andersen, WSJ, "‘French Pastels: Treasures From the Vault’ Review: Delicate and Delightful," 14 July 2018

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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


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

Kids Definition of disuse

: lack of use

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