dis·​used | \-ˈyüzd \

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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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 The station has a set of disused tracks that provided an appealingly industrial setting. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 Drive up that disused side road and see if there’s somewhere good to stay. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Ditching Your Phone Will Change How You Recreate," 29 June 2018 It had been considered dormant ever since and, when viewed by satellite, appeared disused. New York Times, "Deep in the Desert, Iran Quietly Advances Missile Technology," 23 May 2018 Right, visitors toasted the iconic plane in its disused cabin. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Last Rites for a Boeing 747," 6 June 2018 Examples include Providence, R.I., where Brown University worked with two colleges and CV Properties, a Boston developer, to repurpose a disused power station as a nursing school and an administration building. New York Times, "New Jersey Town and University Bridge Their Divide, and Both Reap a Reward," 29 May 2018

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1611, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of disused

: no longer used


dis·​used | \dis-ˈyüzd \

Kids Definition of disused

: not used any more

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