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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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 While the Pats don’t necessarily need the space for the 2019 season, NFL teams can carry over every dollar of unused cap space into 2020. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "More intrigue than usual at Patriots training camp this year," 21 July 2019 Zeeto, a marketing tech company in downtown San Diego, offered the startups unused office space in their lower levels for free. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tech scene jumps to save ‘homeless’ startups after ThinkTank’s abrupt closure," 11 July 2019 FC Cincinnati forward Darren Mattocks was an unused substitute. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati balancing commitments in middle of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup again," 19 June 2019 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

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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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