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 The county has assumed all firefighting and medical response duties, responding from two Cal Fire stations in the area while the Julian station remains unused. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Julian volunteer firefighters nearing end of court fight to save their department," 8 Sep. 2019 The Department of Public Health came under fire last month after news surfaced that about 40 long-term residential beds at SF General Hospital had been unused since 2018 because of staffing shortages. Jen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Inside the Ghost Ship trial verdict," 6 Sep. 2019 The devices sat unused in closets for more than a year while outraged parents battled with the Ohio building standards board. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "The Popular Mechanics Guide to Safer Schools," 1 Aug. 2018 The grant was expanded to other related categories when much of the original funds went unused. Larry Barszewski, sun-sentinel.com, "Schools get 'stop-the-bleed’ equipment that could save lives," 12 Sep. 2019 Those yucky tennis courts, which basically went unused since the park was built in the 1970s, are now gone and a new playground is in its place. Sam Boyer, cleveland.com, "Community park gets a facelift: Whit & Whimsey," 6 Sep. 2019 Yet his work sat unused as the economic crisis starved state budgets. Claudia Rowe, The Seattle Times, "‘Those were the darkest days’: How key budget cuts fueled Washington’s opioid crisis," 18 Aug. 2019 According to the professional services firm CEB Tower Group, each year roughly $1 billion in gift cards go unused. Melissa Rolland, courant.com, "One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Treasure," 24 July 2019 That means an average of 3,818 tickets, or roughly one in three, went unused each night. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Turnstile attendance for SDSU men’s basketball continues to decline," 13 July 2019

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First Known Use of unused

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Oct 2019

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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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