un·​tapped | \ˌən-ˈtapt \

Definition of untapped 

1 : not subjected to tapping an untapped keg

2 : not drawn upon or utilized as yet untapped markets

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Nearly half of Americans don’t use any virtual assistant, Ovum says, leaving a large untapped market. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "Samsung Opens Its Voice Assistant to Developers as It Pursues Alexa and Siri," 2 Nov. 2018 This combination of factors, including the large existing audience and the untapped potential of mobile, is what sold so many teams on joining the fledgling league, despite the still-unproven nature of mobile e-sports. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Supercell is launching the Clash Royale League next week," 17 Aug. 2018 That would further cut untapped capacity in global markets, increasing the possibility of serious price volatility in the event of a shock elsewhere. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Trump Says Saudi Arabia Will Increase Oil Production at His Request," 30 June 2018 And, even after that boom, today regions like the Permian Basin in West Texas hold vast untapped reserves. Justin Worland, Time, "Is the Coming Natural Gas Boom Good for the Climate? Depends Who You Ask," 22 June 2018 No wonder, then, that Africa, which over the past several decades has produced some of Europe’s greatest soccer stars, has beckoned as a vast and untapped recruiting ground. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "How Not to Scout for Soccer Talent," 14 June 2018 Firms are also reaching into untapped pools of labour. The Economist, "Worker shortages could heal America’s economy," 12 July 2018 Yet with a small population and few ways to store or export the energy, its renewable bounty is largely untapped. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 The power of his unmatched length and untapped potential has already been on display in Vegas. San Antonio Express-News, "The Bamba Project is still in early stages," 11 July 2018

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1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: available but not used

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