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
Recent Examples on the Web Clubs formed for outings and races, and long-disused roadhouses were rehabilitated to service cyclists on long journeys. Clive Thompson, Smithsonian, "What the Fight Over Scooters Has in Common With the 19th-Century Battle Over Bicycles," 21 Nov. 2019 In the mid-20th century American lawmakers started requiring fridge-makers to use magnetic strips instead of latches after reports of children climbing into disused fridges and suffocating inside. The Economist, "The death of 39 people shows the human cost of hostile policies," 24 Oct. 2019 Britain has agreed to hold further talks with other European countries before deciding whether to approve Shell’s plans to decommission four disused oil rigs in the Atlantic. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UK agrees further talks over disposal of old Shell oil rigs," 18 Oct. 2019 Sometimes that requires new zoning laws, to convert disused industrial areas into residential neighborhoods. Bloomberg Opinion, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Rent controls are not the answer," 10 Oct. 2019 For the front row—found at a disused platform of the Bowery stop on the J/Z line—Cyrus honored a 1999-era Pamela Anderson, topping her piece-y waves with a fuzzy black brimmed hat worn at an angle just jaunty enough to reveal her cut of fringe. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Takes Wet Hair to the Tom Ford Front Row," 10 Sep. 2019 There was until recently an encampment on a nearby disused bus park where the migrants could pitch tents, but it was broken up on Mr Salvini’s orders. The Economist, "Migrant arrivals in Italy have tumbled," 8 Aug. 2019 The disused Thurgoland railway tunnel in Yorkshire now forms part of the U.K.’s National Cycle Network. Trevor Cox, National Geographic, "15 musical wonders to see—and hear," 31 July 2019 Both are near Greenville, N.C. To see the up-and-running station alongside its vandalized, disused doppelganger is to glimpse a living world next to a dying one. David Pagel, Los Angeles Times, "‘Voice of America’ exhibition is a fascinating look at early shortwave radio," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of disused

1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Disused.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disused. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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