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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Delta Airlines has also refunded the unused portion of Philipps’ travel arrangements. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Busy Philipps Slams Delta Airlines for Rerouting Her Child on Separate Flight," 30 June 2018 You will be refunded for the unused portion of the subscription. Scientific American, "How do I cancel my subscription?," 18 June 2018 Last year, education department reverted $55.8 million in unused funds to the state general fund. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Lawmaker backs off promise to fully fund Indiana schools as budget gap grows," 12 Feb. 2018 The building has been unused since it was remodeled more than four years ago. Bob Bong, Daily Southtown, "Comings & Goings: ‘Top Chef’ concession stand opens at Toyota Park," 10 July 2018 But as of January – three years after the county Board of Supervisors voted to implement it here – Laura’s Law was still unused in San Diego County. Lyndsay Winkley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Did the 'system' fail mentally ill man who shot 2 San Diego police officers? Some think so," 1 July 2018 The macaroni style, brought from Italy and France by men who had made the Grand Tour, proved hard to integrate into English society, which was unused to such frippery. George Prochnik, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 24 June 2018 Raids on Najib residences in May unearthed $28 million in cash stuffed into suitcases, along with jewelry, watches and 284 luxury handbags, valued at thousands of dollars each, many of them unused in original boxes, according to police. Tom Wright And Bradley Hope, WSJ, "Malaysia’s Extravagant Ex-First Lady Lands in Graft Investigators’ Sights," 25 June 2018 Unlike Seattle, a relatively wealthy city with little unused land, Philly is ripe for a food farming revolution: The city has some 40,000 vacant lots, acres that are mostly eyesores. Oona Goodin-smith, Philly.com, "Philly police raid Occupy ICE camp, Atlantic City's culinary energy on the rise | Morning Newsletter," 6 July 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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