underused

adjective
un·​der·​used | \ ˌən-dər-ˈyüzd How to pronounce underused (audio) \

Definition of underused

: 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 CalFresh is largely underused, in part, because of state and federal eligibility criteria that disqualify most full-time students. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 June 2022 Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi flew to Algiers just a few weeks ago to ink an agreement to boost natural gas imports from Algeria by 40 percent through an underused pipeline that runs beneath the Mediterranean Sea. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2022 Of the $25 billion in the first batch of money, Treasury has already moved $2 billion in underused funds. Anna Bahney, CNN, 31 Mar. 2022 Gazprom could reroute half of the supply to an underused pipeline running through Belarus and Poland. Anna Shiryaevskaya, Fortune, 24 Jan. 2022 Fred Ward is an underused and underrated actor, an everyman who can deliver dialogue with a fresh tilt that works for many of his characters. Carmel Dagan, Variety, 13 May 2022 Today, the garage is underused, and the vacant Lee Road parcel constitutes a 280-foot-long hole in the continuity of businesses along Lee Road between Tullamore Road Meadowbrook Boulevard. Steven Litt, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2022 The international scouting department was underfunded and underused, particularly in the Dominican Republic. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 10 Apr. 2022 City officials have said the city has a shortage of vacant or underused land that can be used to build major developments making BART property, and its sprawling parking lots that can be built on, a unique opportunity to develop housing. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of underused

1960, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jun 2022

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“Underused.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underused. Accessed 24 Jun. 2022.

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