used

adjective
\ 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

Synonyms

accustomed, given, habituated, wont

Antonyms

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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Other cities are used to dealing with big conventions in the midst of highway construction, Pierson said. al.com, "Southern Baptist meeting drew 12,000, biggest convention at BJCC this century," 13 June 2019 But those fairs aren’t situated along this urban stretch of road, flanked by used car lots and abandoned child care centers and rundown homes. cincinnati.com, "From the Editor: Until you experience it, it's hard to comprehend the hidden costs of being poor," 13 June 2019 Cardboard is still accepted, but Sylvain-Lear stressed that does not include used pizza boxes. Greg Larose, nola.com, "Tighter margins narrow the New Orleans recycling stream," 13 June 2019 Among the lessons learned: Don’t buy new cars, but don’t buy used cars with more than 30,000 miles. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "'Airbnb for cars’ is here, and renting will never be the same," 7 June 2019 Haitians had become used to Haiti being viewed as a place outside the West. Joshua Jelly-schapiro, The New York Review of Books, "Picturing Haiti’s Freemasons," 2 June 2018 Marketers have gotten used to being able to easily direct their digital ads toward highly specific consumer targets based on a wide variety of data. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "TV Networks Creating Targeted-Ad Capabilities," 13 May 2019 Virtually every auto brand operating in the United States offers its own distinct Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program for used cars. Car and Driver, "A Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Could Be a Great Deal," 22 Jan. 2019 On Wednesday, Pruitt scheduler Millan Hupp resigned after lawmakers released testimony from her saying that Pruitt had directed her to house-hunt for him and ask about buying a used mattress. Fox News, "Latest top Pruitt aide to depart is EPA legal counsel," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of used

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of used was in the 15th century

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used

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of used

: having been used before
: having had a previous owner

used

adjective
\ 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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