un·​want·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈwän-təd \

Definition of unwanted

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

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Donation centers aren’t the only places receiving record amounts of unwanted clothes. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Did Marie Kondo Inspire You to Clean Out Your Closet This Weekend? Here Are the 5 Best Ways to Do It," 18 Jan. 2019 The ads included Gundersen’s cell phone and led to unwanted calls and explicit texgt messages. Katie Van Syckle, The Cut, "Money Manager Busted For Posing as Rival in Online Sex Ads," 24 Jan. 2018 Thankfully, third-party companies stepped in with apps and services to deal with the flood of unwanted calls. Herb Weisbaum, NBC News, "It’s not just you — Americans received 30 billion robocalls last year," 17 Jan. 2018 Due to his smaller size and short limbs, this sweet cow was unwanted on the commercial farm where he was born, and taken in by a local family. Rebecca Shinners, Country Living, "This Rescued Dwarf Cow Is Learning to Walk Using An Amazing Device," 29 July 2015 And though an evening bob has the potential to veer into unwanted retro territory, Boynton’s dye-job and accompanying makeup ensured the moment was wholly modern. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "This Rising Actress Just Won Breakout Bob on the Golden Globes Red Carpet," 7 Jan. 2019 Some in the markets believe this process is creating unwanted headwinds for the economy, but Fed officials have been reluctant to endorse that view. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "Fed’s Kaplan Says It’s Time to Hold Off on Interest-Rate Rises," 3 Jan. 2019 This antenna even automatically blocks unwanted 4G and 3G signals for better quality and reception. Popular Mechanics, "Finally Cut the Cable With This HD Digital Antenna," 20 Dec. 2018 Follow this guide to remove unwanted cat pee odors from carpet, upholstery, wood, and tile. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of That Cat Pee Smell on Carpets, Wood, and Upholstery," 17 Dec. 2018

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1697, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unwanted

: not wanted or needed


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

Kids Definition of unwanted

: not desired or needed

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