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.

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The average number of opioid pills per patient also dropped—an important change because unused pills often go astray. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Why We Won’t Miss Opioids," 1 June 2018 Many will take back unused or unwanted pills any day of the year. Sarah Klein, Health.com, "National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Is Saturday. Here's Why It's So Important," 24 Apr. 2018 Law enforcement agencies in New Orleans will be setting up free and anonymous collection sites for unused and expired prescription pills on Saturday (April 28) in an effort to reduce record numbers of overdose deaths across the country. Maria Clark, NOLA.com, "See the list of local sites for Saturday's prescription drug Take-Back Day," 24 Apr. 2018 Switching a patient from a 280mg or 420mg per day dose down to 140mg will require paperwork, filling a new prescription, and having patients return unused pills—a process that can drag out for weeks. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Doctors tried to lower $148K cancer drug cost; makers triple price of pill," 19 Apr. 2018 The sight of cranes sitting stationary, in particular, was quite the change: Seattle has 65 cranes, the most in the country, while Bellevue has another 14, but virtually all of them have been unused during the work stoppage. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Seattle-area construction strike enters second week, with no movement at bargaining table," 28 Aug. 2018 Even though the new Threadrippers include four functional chips instead of two, AMD has chosen to use the same arrangement in the new processors, meaning that the memory controllers and PCIe connections of two of the chips are unused. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Second-generation Threadripper goes on sale: $1,799 for 32 cores," 6 Aug. 2018 The Villarreal striker still had a lot to do, but rounded goalkeeper Luca Zidane with pace and skill that Liverpool fans are not unused to seeing from a certain Egyptian and found the back of the net to split the points on the night. SI.com, "Liverpool Fans Delighted by Marcelo's Erratic Defending in Real Madrid's Final League Match," 20 May 2018 There’s an official protocol for the disposal of unused drugs at the end of an operation. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "I Was One Of The Top Doctors In My Field. I Was Also An Opioid Addict.," 25 Feb. 2019

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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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