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 Yohanna Logan said that her sister came home deeply shaken at least twice and had described the unwanted advances. New York Times, 4 June 2021 However, the racial and power dynamics that surface because of TJ’s (Jared Troilo) unwanted advances are very real. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Apr. 2021 Despite a few unwanted pests, the finca and its adjacent stable charmed them. WSJ, 24 Apr. 2021 Wilson was an aggrieved shopping cart gatherer who had previously made unwanted advances toward female employees and was requesting to transfer to another nearby Stop & Shop location, according to police. Ganesh Setty, CNN, 21 Apr. 2021 McCullough and others are more bullish on saving existing trees through biological control: identifying, rearing, and releasing insects or other species that kill unwanted pests. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, 12 Nov. 2020 This mistake can leave your home susceptible to burglary or unwanted pests. Colin Daniels, Houston Chronicle, 14 Oct. 2020 This arrangement neutralizes internal standing waves, which then reduces unwanted resonance and Q Acoustics claims the speakers deliver a cleaner, tighter bass sound. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Since then, the social network has invested resources in policing its service — including hiring more than 10,000 third-party content moderators and subject matter experts — and building algorithms to scan for unwanted content. Washington Post, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of unwanted

1697, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unwanted was in 1697

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9 Jun 2021

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“Unwanted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwanted. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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