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ˈyüzd How to pronounce used (audio)
 in the phrase "used to" usually  ˈyüs(t)
: having been used before
one of the most used quotes
: such as
: already exhausted for its intended purpose
a used tissue
: having had a previous owner : secondhand
a used car
used clothing/furniture
: accustomed, habituated
… showing how used he was to papers with lies on them …Gilbert Millstein


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past tense and past participle of use entry 1

Examples of used in a Sentence

Adjective 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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Coast Villas, sponsored by National Core and the San Diego Community Housing Corporation, would be built on a site now occupied by a used car sales lot in the 1100 block of South Coast Highway. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2024 Through 2021, the appetite for used cars drove Cazoo’s business—in just the first half of that year, its vehicle sales skyrocketed by 400% compared to 2020. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 10 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for used 

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Word History

First Known Use


1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of used was in 1683

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Cite this Entry

“Used.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


ˈyüzd How to pronounce used (audio)
 in the phrase  ",
 used to  ",
 usually  ˈyüs(t)
: employed in accomplishing something
a much used excuse
: that has been used
especially : secondhand sense 2a
used cars
: having the habit of doing or experiencing
is used to flying

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