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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The largest refugee camp on Samos is situated on a disused military base perched in the pine forests above Vathy. Nicolas Niarchos, The New Yorker, "On a Greek Island That Welcomed Migrants, Residents and Refugees Feel Abandoned," 13 June 2019 Another is when a long-disused pipe organ in the house gets played, and dust emerges with the music. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "A sense of dislocation in ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’," 13 June 2019 Monopoly break-ups are the disused weapons of antitrust. The Economist, "Regulating Big Tech makes them stronger, so they need competition instead," 6 June 2019 On a recent trip back to Philadelphia from Palm Springs, Calif., now his home, Parker visited the long-disused building, which is being renovated into 24 apartments over a Fine Wine & Good Spirits store. Jacob Adelman, https://www.inquirer.com, "Celebrated designer revisits eccentric grain silo home (and party den) in a changed Philadelphia," 6 June 2019 Inside the disused mine are museums, offices, restaurants, an ice rink, a large public pool, and even a university. Martin Kirchner, National Geographic, "In Germany, industrial sites are now artful enclaves," 10 May 2019 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

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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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