dis·​used | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈyüzd How to pronounce disused (audio) , dish-\

Definition of disused

: no longer used or occupied : abandoned disused buildings

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Examples of disused in a Sentence

a disused warehouse that had become a den for drug dealers

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Some 3,000 remain in or around Tijuana, many of them in a disused concert hall that was adapted in November as a shelter, 13 miles from the city’s main border crossing. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Another Caravan Crosses Mexican-Guatemalan Border," 18 Jan. 2019 On Thursday, Mexican officials began moving people to a new shelter—a disused concert hall—in a bid to improve sanitary and security conditions. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "Get in Line, Long-Suffering Asylum Seekers Tell Caravan Arrivees," 30 Nov. 2018 An emblematic investment under the bailout program was supposed to be the redevelopment of Athens’s former airport, now disused. Nektaria Stamouli, WSJ, "Greek Bailout Ends, But Underlying Problems Remain," 21 Aug. 2018 With the help of funds from central government, a theatre and gallery complex is being built in a disused factory. The Economist, "Estonia gets creative about integrating local Russian-speakers," 10 May 2018 Segale owned the business park housing Nintendo's American arcade operation in the early '80s, when the company was busy converting thousands of disused Radarscope cabinets to play Donkey Kong. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Mario Segale, namesake for Nintendo’s mascot, dies at 84," 2 Nov. 2018 Curator Dan Cameron has assembled an unlikely roster of venues for his wide-ranging program, ranging from conventional (the Kemper Museum) to unexpected (a disused Catholic Church, an antique store). Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in August," 27 June 2018 It is shared by 50 other Melbourne residents who belong to Urban Coup, a collective that wants to turn a disused button factory in an old industrial area into a cohousing community by 2020. Michael Taylor, The Christian Science Monitor, "Won't you be my neighbor: Melbourne experiments with community-led housing," 11 July 2018 French activist farmer Cedric Herrou had assisted some 200 migrants, housing some in his farm in the Alps' Roya valley and others in a disused building, while also helping them travel in France. Fox News, "The Latest: Migrants reaching Spain by sea up 120 percent," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of disused

1611, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of disused

: no longer used


dis·​used | \ dis-ˈyüzd How to pronounce disused (audio) \

Kids Definition of disused

: not used any more

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