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

California’s law went nearly unused for two years after its passage in 2016. Washington Post, "Some U.S. lawmakers want a ‘red flag’ law. But states have had mixed results.," 9 Aug. 2019 The Dodgers chose late Monday to have Urias start in Stripling’s place after the left-hander went unused in the blowout loss. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers rebound from routs to defeat Rockies," 30 July 2019 To ensure an open, airy feel and guarantee that no room would sit unused, the architect and the designer/client collaborated closely on the interior layout. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "A designer creates her dream home. (And it can withstand young kids.)," 25 July 2019 Ten plastic kits sat unused in boxes in the back of a hangar, and Dent had mentioned them to the Department of State as almost an afterthought. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Airplanes That Rescue Ebola Patients," 5 July 2019 Bullock said swapping blood between EMS and University has resulted in only 2 percent of the blood going unused. Austin Taylor, ExpressNews.com, "Emergency medical crews in San Antonio will increase the use of whole blood to help trauma victims," 30 June 2019 Built as a military stronghold on the island of Mallorca, the Cap Rocat never actually saw any action and sat unused for years. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "This 19th-Century Fort Has Been Transformed into a Gorgeous Boutique Hotel," 20 June 2019 Popkin said Mueller and a small group of former team members have been preparing in unused office space at the WilmerHale law firm, which Mueller left to work as special counsel. oregonlive.com, "Watch Robert Mueller’s testimony to Congress," 24 July 2019 Popkin said Mueller and a small group of former team members have been preparing in unused office space at the WilmerHale law firm, which Mueller left to work as special counsel. Matt Zapotosky, The Denver Post, "Five things to know about Robert Mueller’s testimony," 23 July 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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