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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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Recent Examples on the Web This new information has only started to sink in for Beth when the phone goes and her grandmother Mammaw Bledsoe (Margo Martindale, underused) calls in tears to announce that Daddy Mac has gone up to the big barcalounger in the sky. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Uncle Frank': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 26 Jan. 2020 One of the topics that arose was the underused community center next to the Little Bethel Baptist Church. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "The City League, which begins Thursday, features several former local college players," 22 Jan. 2020 Homeowners add an apartment wing to an existing house, carve out space from underused rooms inside the residence or convert an unfinished basement or structurally sound garage into new living quarters. oregonlive, "Permits for in-law flats and other ADUs are down but interest remains high," 12 Jan. 2020 To assemble the land, the Trust purchased underused parking lots from three separate ownership groups in 2015 and 2016 — a key step in the evolution from wishful thinking to a real parkland campaign — and then donated them to the city. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Midway Peace Park, one of the most ambitious park designs in the city’s recent history, breaks ground," 18 Sep. 2019 Holiday markets What once stood as vacant or underused space in pockets of downtown Detroit has been delightfully enlivened with holiday markets these past couple of years. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "9 recent Detroit streetscape changes: What I like, dislike," 14 Dec. 2019 Unused or underused retail space could fill in the gap for office demand, Newbold said. Shwanika Narayan, SFChronicle.com, "SF approves plan to convert two Nordstrom floors to office space at Westfield San Francisco Centre," 5 Dec. 2019 The Wheeler Building was still an underused grandiosity in 1881, when a dry-goods merchant named Abraham Abraham had an epiphany that would transform not only his own business but all of Brooklyn retail. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, "Restoring Brooklyn’s Queen of Department Stores," 22 Nov. 2019 And when Hemisfair, that great swath of land just south of downtown, sat underused and mostly ignored by the city at large. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s newest parks full of amenities like dog parks, skate parks, water parks and more," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of underused

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Underused.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underused. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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: not used enough : not fully used

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