un·​der·​used | \ ˌən-dər-ˈyüzd \

Definition of underused

: not fully used : having more potential than is currently being realized or utilized underused land an underused actress

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Weinstein challenged the city to follow the foundation's lead in finding underused existing buildings and adopting the single-room occupancy model to speed up and reduce the cost of housing the homeless. Doug Smith, latimes.com, "Historic King Edward Hotel to get a makeover as single-room occupancy for homeless people," 1 May 2018 The Underwriters Exchange Building is underused, with an occupancy rate of around 20 percent, Dincin said. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Downtown Milwaukee historic nine-story office building sold to Chicago housing developers," 30 Apr. 2018 Gizmos Phil Walker-Harding, CMON Limited, 2-4 players, 40-50 minutes, age 14+ Two years ago, publisher CMON released Potion Explosion, a game that featured a criminally underused component in board games: marbles. Aaron Zimmerman, Ars Technica, "The hottest new board games from Gen Con 2018," 11 Aug. 2018 Marziale, however, is a charismatic though criminally underused discovery, and the film provides a performance showcase for the winsome Weinstein. Katie Walsh, latimes.com, "Teen comedy 'Alex Strangelove' strikes the wrong chords," 7 June 2018 People who are thinking about installing an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in an underused spot on their property will learn how to make the most of small spaces. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Go inside 7 new or remodeled modern dwellings: AIA Portland Homes Tour (photos)," 4 Apr. 2018 But aside from the occasional sweet tribute to Mrs. Helfrich, is there a more underused piece of cookware in your pantry? Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "6 ways to use a Bundt pan you probably haven’t tried," 20 June 2018 But Grand Park converted an underused, unappealing expanse between the Music Center and City Hall into an urban oasis populated with species from the world’s six plant kingdoms to symbolize the diversity of L.A.’s population. Matt Jaffe, SFChronicle.com, "Green travel in (gasp!) Los Angeles is easier than you think," 19 June 2018 The legendary Diana Rigg is fully resplendent, but woefully underused as Professor Higgins’s mother. Constance Grady, Vox, "Your guide to the 17 most important nominees at this year’s Tonys," 7 June 2018

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of underused

: not used enough : not fully used

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a servile follower or underling

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