\ ˈyüzd How to pronounce used (audio) , 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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They are designed and should solely be used to correct the tone of the color. Julia Marzovilla, Marie Claire, "How to Tone Your Hair the Right Way, According to Stylists," 30 Apr. 2019 That same fear of appearing stupid used to block the creativity my career needs in order to thrive. Andrea Barrica, SELF, "How Owning My Sexuality Transformed My Career," 23 Apr. 2019 Instead of tossing the packaging of your used M.A.C. products in the trash can, set them aside in a safe place. Devon Abelman, Allure, "M.A.C. Is Giving Away Free Lipstick in Exchange for Beauty Empties," 23 Apr. 2019 The consumer-price index, which gauges what Americans pay for everything from used trucks to lipstick, rose a seasonally adjusted 0.2% in February from the prior month, the Labor Department said Tuesday. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "U.S. Workers Gain From Rising Wages, Low Inflation," 12 Mar. 2019 These can happen when your brain becomes used to that regular hit of caffeine over time. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How to Tell if Your 'Caffeine Withdrawal Headaches' Are Actually Migraines," 25 Jan. 2019 South Korea, before Trump, had become used to regular, glowing declarations from U.S. leaders of both political parties about the eternal strength of their alliance. Fox News, "Book on Trump raises worries in South Korea about alliance," 7 Sep. 2018 DETAIL Today has the makings of a perfect spring day, but don’t get used to it. David Streit, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Spring sunshine today, but the next batch of rain awaits Friday morning," 26 Apr. 2018 Barkov and Trocheck each finished the season among the six most used forwards in the NHL. Matthew Defranks,, "Panthers GM Dale Tallon 'hopeful' Henrik Borgström, Owen Tippett can contribute immediately," 11 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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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