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

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 Treasury Department is currently shifting unused funds to places that have run out money and still have people in need. Katie Lobosco And Tami Luhby, CNN, 29 Dec. 2021 Since then, his administration has been returning billions of unused Pentagon funds, many of which were initially allocated to finance construction at bases in the U.S. and overseas. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 20 Dec. 2021 The company is also agreeing to change its policies governing inactive accounts so its customers can reclaim unused funds. Bill Rankin, ajc, 6 Dec. 2021 Lawyers for the plaintiffs said the state has shirked its responsibilities to too many children following the 2004 ruling, and there's no excuse to act now when more than $8 billion in unused funds are in state accounts. Arkansas Online, 11 Nov. 2021 Here's why billions of charitable dollars go unused every year Pandemic fueling surge in organized thefts at stores across U.S. Rachel Layne, CBS News, 25 Nov. 2021 As a result, technology investments sometimes go unused or are underused. Richard Tracy, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 But the remaining credit value will go unused, at least until subsequent tax years. Felix Mormann, The Conversation, 30 Sep. 2021 Given the paperwork burden, the storage space needed, and the possibility that doses could go unused and be wasted, pediatric practices have not universally signed up to deliver the new vaccine. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, 28 Sep. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unused.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of unused

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About unused

Time Traveler for unused

Time Traveler

The first known use of unused was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near unused



unused to

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for unused

Last Updated

8 Jan 2022

Cite this Entry

“Unused.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unused. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for unused



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

More from Merriam-Webster on unused

Nglish: Translation of unused for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!