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secondhand

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adjective sec·ond·hand \ˈse-kən(d)-ˈhand\

Definition of secondhand

  1. 1a :  received from or through an intermediary :  borrowedb :  derivative <secondhand ideas>

  2. 2a :  acquired after being used by another :  not new <secondhand books>b :  dealing in secondhand merchandise <a secondhand bookstore>

Examples of secondhand in a sentence

  1. a dealer in secondhand furniture

  2. He's always haunting the secondhand shops for bargains.

1654

First Known Use of secondhand

1654


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secondhand

adverb sec·ond·hand

Definition of secondhand

  1. 1 :  at second hand :  indirectly <heard about it secondhand>

  2. 2 :  as a secondhand item <bought the couch secondhand>

1795

First Known Use of secondhand

1795


SECONDHAND Defined for English Language Learners

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secondhand

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adjective sec·ond·hand \ˈse-kən(d)-ˈhand\

Definition of secondhand for English Language Learners

  • : having had a previous owner

  • : buying or selling things that have already been owned or used

  • : not original : taken from someone who was not directly involved


SECONDHAND Defined for Kids

secondhand

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adjective sec·ond·hand \ˌse-kənd-ˈhand\

Definition of secondhand for Students

  1. 1 :  not new :  having had a previous owner <a secondhand automobile>

  2. 2 :  selling used goods <a secondhand shop>



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