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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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


dis·​use | \dis-ˈyüs \

Kids Definition of disuse

: lack of use

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