un·​want·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈwän-təd How to pronounce unwanted (audio) \

Definition of unwanted

: not wanted or needed attracting unwanted attention giving away some unwanted possessions

Examples of unwanted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All those shoes tend to get left right by the door, not only adding unwanted clutter, but also potential tripping hazards. Brittany Vanderbill, Peoplemag, 4 Aug. 2022 The skyline discontinues itself at night but sidewalk furniture doesn’t go unwanted. Mónica De La Torre, The New York Review of Books, 3 Aug. 2022 There aren’t enough buyers for all of the new clothes produced every year, let alone for all of the unwanted things already in people’s closets. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2022 The newspaper cited a court document as saying Martin, who's been married to husband Jwan Yosef since 2017, had refused to accept the petitioner's decision and continued to make frequent, unwanted contact with the person. Esther Animalu, CBS News, 4 July 2022 Sherrie Foy loved horses and had started to rescue unwanted animals. Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 That year, a peak time for the local industry, the U.S. Congress enacted the Marine Mammal Protection Act to address the very real issue of bycatch, or unwanted animals — especially dolphins — entangled in fishing gear. Michael A. Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 June 2022 Social media has been studded with posts about the less rosy realities of encountering colleagues in their physical forms, from unwanted physical contact to farts. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 Avoid cat and dog manure, meat, dairy products, bones, fish, fats, and oils, as these items can cause odors that attract unwanted animals and insects. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 5 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unwanted

1697, in the meaning defined above

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“Unwanted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwanted. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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un·​want·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈwȯn-təd, -ˈwän- \

Kids Definition of unwanted

: not desired or needed


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