\ 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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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 The break is now available to businesses that buy used equipment, not just items that are placed into service for the first time. WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: Depreciation," 15 Feb. 2019 The Women’s March served a unique purpose in 2017, rallying millions of women nationwide to think bigger than themselves and get used to showing up and speaking out. Molly Jong-fast, Glamour, "We’ve Outgrown the Women’s March. Here’s What Happens Next.," 18 Jan. 2019 The move took an adjustment period, Bashara said, especially getting used to Texas heat. Krista Torralva, San Antonio Express-News, "Alamo Heights ISD finalist an ‘advocate’ for the district," 17 May 2018 Among the nearly two dozen local jail officials who responded to questions from the Marshall Project, many said solitary confinement isn’t just used as punishment. Taylor Elizabeth Eldridge, The Root, "Rikers Doesn’t Put Teens in Solitary; Other New York Jails Do," 28 Mar. 2018 In addition to using it where traditional insulators like Styrofoam are used, thin strips of nanowood can be rolled and shaped to insulate the insides of pipes or other curved spaces. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Could ‘Nanowood’ Replace Styrofoam?," 26 Mar. 2018 Alpine Camera still sells used and vintage camera equipment, mostly on eBay, where Miller doesn’t have to collect sales tax from buyers outside Illinois. Lauren Zumbach,, "Supreme Court case could make sales tax-free e-commerce sites tougher to find," 13 Apr. 2018 Needle exchanges offer sterile drug-injection equipment in exchange for used equipment. Terry Demio,, "No condoms at NKY needle exchanges, says Catholic health system St. Elizabeth," 27 Mar. 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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