\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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The roundabouts would consist of two lanes, the inner lane would be used to drive around the roundabout and the outer lane would be used to exit, said Tom Adamczyk, the village’s traffic engineering consultant. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Glenview trustees decline to move forward with Patriot Boulevard roundabouts, request more information," 5 July 2018 Keepers have grown used to being asked if the single rhino is lonely. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Breeding pair of rhinos, new to the Kansas City Zoo, getting along just fine," 8 June 2018 Upon arrival in Kobe, Iniesta will experience a very different lifestyle from the Mediterranean existence he's grown used to in Barcelona. James Griffiths, CNN, "Barca star Iniesta flies to 'new home' Japan, expected to sign with Kobe," 24 May 2018 The German National Bank building is now being used as a mixed-used development with Starbucks on the street level and office space on the second and third floors. Randy Tucker,, "Two historic Downtown buildings up for sale along fast-developing Fourth Street corridor," 12 July 2018 FAT City, a mixed-used development with 612 rental units expected, was approved last year to be built two blocks north of Broward Boulevard. Meryl Kornfield,, "Brightline train stations boost new development in South Florida's downtowns," 3 July 2018 And another developer recently broke ground on a mixed-used project at the former Porcelain Enamel plant on Eastern Avenue at the adjacent Bayview section. Jacques Kelly,, "Jacques Kelly: Constructing a new future from Haven Street's industrial past," 26 May 2018 House Republican backers of immigration reform on Wednesday launched a little-used tactic that 16 years ago was central to one of Sen. John McCain's greatest legislative triumphs. Dan Nowicki, azcentral, "How a little-used procedural maneuver led to John McCain's greatest legislative triumph," 9 May 2018 Like downtown Oceanside, the South Oceanside neighborhood has seen a transformation in recent years, with a number of new restaurants, breweries, and residential and mixed-used developments going in. Phil Diehl,, "Iconic Coast Highway beauty college closes," 29 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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