dis·​used (ˌ)dis-ˈyüzd How to pronounce disused (audio)
: no longer used or occupied : abandoned
disused buildings

Examples of disused in a Sentence

a disused warehouse that had become a den for drug dealers
Recent Examples on the Web In his first five night-shift stints as watchman at a disused ’80s amusement park/arcade mall — Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza Place — Mike stares glaze-eyed at security monitors, then drifts into violent 3-D incidents, His circumstance incarnates the hell that Morrissey sings about. Armond White, National Review, 1 Nov. 2023 Rosetta is brutally assaulted inside a disused church, while her mother, fending off her own attackers, somehow manages to escape. Lawrence Jackson, Harper's Magazine, 10 July 2023 The men were taken for interrogation to a filtration camp in a disused factory, where their commander was beaten within earshot of the whole unit. Carlotta Gall Daniel Berehulak, New York Times, 20 June 2023 Even in her final year of life -- 1997 -- Diana risked everything to walk through a field of disused but active land mines in Angola where thousands risked their lives every day because stepping in the wrong place could mean losing their life or, at best, their limbs. Max Foster, CNN, 11 Nov. 2021 Istria is by hiking or cycling the Parenzana Trail, which follows the winding route of a disused railway line for about 80 miles. Mary Novakovich, CNN, 23 Jan. 2023 And in a closet in his disused private office at the Penn Biden Center in Washington. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, 12 Jan. 2023 Juneau, like most of Alaska’s towns and cities, is experiencing a severe housing shortage, and the city’s downtown has a large number of commercial buildings with disused upper-floor apartments. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Dec. 2022 Last year, NBCUniversal transformed a disused beer and wine distribution warehouse in northeast Albuquerque into an 80,000-sq.-ft. Todd Longwell, Variety, 29 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disused was in 1611

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“Disused.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disused. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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dis·​used -ˈyüzd How to pronounce disused (audio)
: no longer used or occupied
disused buildings
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