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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Despite the need, roughly one out of seven shelter beds went unused on a typical night last year, according to data collected by the homeless services authority. Emily Alpert Reyes, latimes.com, "Garcetti says L.A. can resume disputed ban on overnight sidewalk sleeping," 22 June 2018 Covey was using muscles that had gone unused his entire life. Thom Leavy, CBS News, "Colorado teen overcomes disability to walk across stage at graduation," 20 May 2018 Note: Holdings include unused and encumbered licenses Sources: New Street Research AT&T expects to use its licenses first to provide more-reliable alternatives to Wi-Fi in offices and businesses. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "Once-Worthless Radio Waves Get New Life in Spectrum Auction," 14 Nov. 2018 To dispose of new or unused brake fluid, pour it into a container of cat litter. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste Without Damaging the Environment," 9 Oct. 2018 In the inaugural season of her HGTV show, Hidden Potential, Jasmine Roth, 33, has uncovered just that: spaces with potential that were previously unused or unseen. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Here's Why You Don't See Jasmine Roth's Husband on Her HGTV Show, 'Hidden Potential'," 7 Aug. 2018 City officials are considering a pilot program that would allow property owners in commercial areas to rent out unused or underutilized parking spaces to drivers as a way to help boost economic activity in the city. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "Newton considers shared parking plan," 2 July 2018 New York appears poised to become the latest state to adopt a drug take-back law, a slow-but-steady notion moving across the country as local governments grapple with budget constraints caused by unwanted or unused medicines and the opioid crisis. Ed Silverman, STAT, "New York State may force drug makers to pay for drug take-back programs," 26 June 2018 The rural connectivity scheme has already seen success with new flights to dozens of unused or under-utilized airports. Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg.com, "Honeywell to Make Flying Safer by Decoding 100 Accents in India," 5 June 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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