un·used | \ ˌən-ˈyüzd , 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.

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The government paid $11,584 for unused tickets on the commercial flight and obtained a refund only after investigators discovered the mix-up, the report said. Robert Pear, New York Times, "Ex-Health Secretary Tom Price Wasted $341,000 on Improper Travel, Inquiry Finds," 13 July 2018 The apartments were torn down, though, years ago, leaving an empty grass field and unused parking lots. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Remember the old state fairgrounds? It’s Sacramento’s newest urban housing hot spot," 12 July 2018 Cannot determine if fresh or dry due to the fact of numerous boxes of single service items and unused equipment blocking access. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Was your restaurant food surrounded by rat poop? If you ate here, it was," 12 July 2018 The site, which was approved for agriculture, remains mostly unused. David Hernandez, sandiegouniontribune.com, "National City to move forward with plans for community gardens," 12 July 2018 The Kingdom’s available cushion—which accounts to near half of OPEC’s unused output—fell by 440,000 barrels a day to 1.58 million barrels a day, IEA data shows. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "IEA Warns Outages May Stretch Oil-Output Cushion to the Limit," 12 July 2018 The containers are designed to get unused opioids out of people’s houses, CVS officials said in announcing the initiative Thursday. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "CVS to place opioid disposal containers in its stores," 12 July 2018 Also included in the auction are various documents, such as unused bank checks and a note to a lawyer -- with opening bid prices at 500 and 750 dollars, respectively. Lilly Milman, Billboard, "Prince's Bible, Stage-Worn Clothing and Personal Documents Up for Auction," 11 July 2018 These unused stamps accounted for more than $70 million in Post Office revenue during the three years Davidson's image was used. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Post Office owes $3.5M for using wrong Statue of Liberty on a stamp," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of unused

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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