un·​der·​used ˌən-dər-ˈyüzd How to pronounce underused (audio)
: not fully used : having more potential than is currently being realized or utilized
underused land
an underused actress

Examples of underused in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And yet, an antiviral treatment proven to lessen the chances of severe outcomes is going underused. Kenya Hunter, Fortune Well, 7 Feb. 2024 Hawk, who is married to Lucy (Allison Williams, fine and underused), is celebrating his imminent posting to Milan as grandchildren run about the garden. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2023 The folding screen is one of the most underrated, overlooked, and underused pieces of furniture in interior design. Jermaine Gallacher, Vogue, 14 Dec. 2023 Creating Dual Purpose Rooms Rethinking underused rooms, giving a space more than one purpose, and maximizing square footage might not be new within the past year, but ever since 2020 rooms like dedicated workspaces and home gyms have only grown in popularity. Cameron Beall, Southern Living, 21 Dec. 2023 When discus thrower Kerry (an underused Jeremy Allen White) returns home from Olympic training, his dream dashed by the United States’ boycott of the 1980 Games in Moscow, another sibling throws his hat in the ring. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2023 For the last two years, organizers of the program, devoted to creatively reimagining underused lots, have been working to transform the entrance of the Charlestown Navy Yard into an outdoor art oasis. Nicole Kagan, BostonGlobe.com, 9 June 2023 Even Hugh Grant, delightful in the role of an Oompa-Loompa — a miniature creature seeking restitution from Willy for the cocoa beans our hero has harvested without permission — is underused, entering the film late and then hardly given any screen time. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2023 The projects funded as part of San Diego’s application build upon existing policies to address housing affordability, including using surplus state land, building on underused land at a trolley stop owned by the Metropolitan Transit System and using a local community land trust. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Aug. 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'underused.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of underused was in 1960

Dictionary Entries Near underused

Cite this Entry

“Underused.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underused. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!