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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 booksb :  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.

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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

First Known Use of secondhand

1795


SECONDHAND Defined for English Language Learners

secondhand

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adjective

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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