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

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, "Democracy’s Red Line," 4 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Younger pipelines are also at risk of falling into disuse as the power sector comes to rely less on natural gas in favor of wind, solar and batteries. Popular Science, "Oil and gas companies are making old pipelines the landowner’s problem," 10 Mar. 2021 When Twitter chose its current headquarters in 2012, a sprawling Depression-era art deco building that had fallen into disuse, the move was hailed as a victory for San Francisco. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, "Americans might never come back to the office, and Twitter is leading the charge.," 1 Oct. 2020 Those leagues fell into disuse after 1947, and folded their tents by the mid-1950s as the trickle of black players into MLB started growing to a steady stream. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Make the Negro Leagues Major League," 3 Sep. 2020 The Rochester house is now a popular historic landmark, but Anthony’s childhood home, which passed through various owners and periods of disuse after the family moved out, is little-known. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Susan B. Anthony’s Childhood Home Is Getting Renovated," 30 Jan. 2020 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

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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 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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