\ˈyüzd, in the phrase "used to" usually ˈyüs(t)\

Definition of used 

1 : employed in accomplishing something

2 : that has endured use specifically : secondhand a used car

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Synonyms & Antonyms for used


accustomed, given, habituated, wont


unaccustomed, unused, unwonted

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Examples of used in a Sentence

The books on this shelf are used. my grandmother has spent her whole life on the farm and is used to working hard

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His methods, now called integrated assessment models, have become widely used to examine the consequences of different policy interventions targeting climate change, the Nobel committee said. Joanna Sugden, WSJ, "Two Top U.S. Economists Win Nobel for Work on Growth and Climate," 8 Oct. 2018 Splitting ownership into minority interests is a widely used method of tax avoidance. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 Celebrities, the very wealthy, and the very privileged are used to being pampered and handled with care. Doree Shafrir, Town & Country, "Catherine Oxenberg on Her Fight to Save Her Daughter from a Terrifying Cult," 9 Aug. 2018 Tuesday’s post is the latest example of how widely used extensions and apps can often severely compromise user privacy. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Snoopware installed by 11 million+ iOS, Android, Chrome, and Firefox users," 25 July 2018 Texas car dealers are stepping up their efforts to sell new and used cars online — giving customers a way to shop for a vehicle without enduring the headaches of negotiating a deal in a showroom. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Tired of losing business to Carvana, Texas dealerships are selling cars online," 14 June 2018 Dichotomies abound: The art is made from new and used objects that were culled from the artist’s home and the public realm; the work nods equally to excess and lack, to public and private space, to feeling both protected and exposed. Deborah Vankin,, "Shinique Smith's 'Refuge' explores shelter, homelessness and the excess of our stuff," 13 June 2018 Motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and supplies merchant wholesalers (206.7 percent): This group is engaged in the wholesale distribution of cars and car parts and supplies, including tires and other new and used parts. Alaa Elassar, ajc, "Census: Bowling centers site of hottest jobs in Cherokee County," 1 May 2018 Many take to social media to call the incident racist, while the hashtags @boycottStarbucks and #StarbucksWhileBlack become widely used. Patricia Madej,, "Philadelphia Starbucks arrests: What we've learned a week later," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of used

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of used

: having been used before

: having had a previous owner


\ˈyüzd, 2 often ˈyüst before “to”\

Kids Definition of used

1 : secondhand sense 1 Dad bought a used car.

2 : having the habit of doing or putting up with something He's used to flying.

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