un·​used | \ ˌən-ˈyüzd How to pronounce unused (audio) , in the phrase "unused to" usually -ˈyüs(t) \

Definition of unused

1 : not habituated : unaccustomed unused to crowds
2 : not used: such as
a : fresh, new set an unused canvas on the easel
b : not put to use : idle unused land
c : not consumed : accrued unused sick leave

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Examples of unused in a Sentence

The library has been unused for 10 years. I have four days of unused vacation time left.
Recent Examples on the Web Telephone switches started growing smaller after the 1980s, leaving many towers with several floors of unused space. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Nashville Bombing Motive Under Investigation," 28 Dec. 2020 Still, Noymer said that in order for several doses to be left unused, several vials would have to be prematurely opened. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, "A hospital gave a COVID-19 vaccine to a Disney employee. It may be permitted under state guidance," 28 Dec. 2020 Some people have baked banana bread, some have started knitting or crocheting, and others have transformed unused space in their homes into elaborate gyms. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "Mayim Bialik’s New Podcast Invites Listeners Into Her “Breakdown”," 8 Dec. 2020 For instance, take advantage of unused space behind objects or furniture or high areas on walls that are otherwise bare. Kim Campbell Thornton Andrews Mcmeel Syndication, Star Tribune, "Is your kitty a bit bored? Build your own cat castle," 13 Nov. 2020 In the bedroom, Brianna chose to swap out unused floating-desk space for a standing storage rack. Emily Ruane, refinery29.com, "Easy DIY Hacks One Brooklyn Couple Used To Personalize Their Apartment," 12 Nov. 2020 The removal of the court to Versailles under Louis XIV, in 1682, had left an enormous volume of unused space, and even more was created by the expansion of the Tuileries Palace, west of the courtyard where the pyramid now stands. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "In Love with the Louvre," 19 Oct. 2020 With the benefit of some unused memory space in the silicon, Hron added lines of code that caused all the commotion. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "When coffee makers are demanding a ransom, you know IoT is screwed," 26 Sep. 2020 The 49ers can roll over any unused cap space this season into 2021, when the salary cap, which is currently at $198.2 million, could fall to as low as $175 million. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers free up nearly $10 million in cap space by reowrking Dee Ford’s deal," 5 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of unused

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Jan 2021

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“Unused.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unused. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce unused (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of unused

: not being used : not having been used before
: available for use in the future


un·​used | \ ˌən-ˈyüzd, 1 often -ˈyüst before “to” \

Kids Definition of unused

1 : not accustomed I'm unused to this heat.
2 : not having been used before fresh unused linen
3 : not being used an unused chair

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