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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When collecting donations, Powell's children had promised that any unused money would be returned. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Rescued California camper says she fled a stranger threatening her with a knife," 16 July 2019 Jon Favreau said there's enough unused riffing between me and Seth to make a whole other movie so maybe Disney will do something with that at some point? Natalie Jamieson, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Lion King' Voice Star Beyoncé, Jay-Z Mingle With Prince Harry, Meghan Markle at European Premiere," 14 July 2019 Stuff the Bus’ program running this month The San Diego County Office of Education is once again partnering with the San Diego County Credit Union to collect new, unused school supplies for local students experiencing homelessness. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, July 11," 11 July 2019 Use immediately, letting any unused stock to cool to room temperature before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days or in the freezer for up to four months. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Try this quick, light dish when it’s just too hot to cook outdoors," 10 July 2019 Large sections remain unused except for the handful of people making the full-length trek, Friend says, so the Florida Trail has developed a reputation for eccentrics. Eric Barton, Outside Online, "This Florida Thru-Hike Is Not for the Faint of Heart," 10 July 2019 The sound of the Good Humor Ice Cream truck’s bells is embedded, like a long-unused cellphone ring tone, deep in the childhood memories of many Americans. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "With much Good Humor, vintage ice cream trucks serve nostalgia on a stick," 4 July 2019 Soak unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding. Maria Elena Vizcaino María Méndez, Dallas News, "Want a poppin’ Fourth of July? Here’s what to keep in mind," 3 July 2019 Those unused frames sitting in your storage room or basement suddenly have a new life to live. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "The Painted Picture Frame Wall Is The New Gallery Wall," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of unused

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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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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