\ 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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But the Falivenas are used to accepting -- and conquering -- the challenges that this cruel disease puts in front of them every day. Julius Long And Jill Martin, CNN, "Larry Falivena has ALS, and he's on a quest to raise awareness and visit all 30 MLB ballparks this season," 9 July 2019 Los Angeles Times Residents of California’s Imperial Valley are used to being dismissed. Julia Wick,, "Essential California: The NBA's free agent free-for-all," 1 July 2019 The concept of digital cash can seem abstract to people who are used to dealing with checks, credit cards and ATMs. NBC News, "What Facebook's Libra could mean for consumers," 18 June 2019 In much of the rest of the world, people are used to tapping their smartphones on a reader to pay for a coffee or a ride on public transit. David Meyer, Fortune, "4 Reasons to be Skeptical About Facebook's Libra Cryptocurrency," 7 Jan. 2019 That project is calling for development of a used car dealership and an auto repair shop in the 4500 block of Broadway. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Approval for two new businesses pitched in Gary," 13 June 2018 Opposition figures are used to attacking Mr Erdogan. The Economist, "Turkey’s president fails to see off his most powerful rival yet," 28 June 2019 As the Indian economy slows and consumers clam up, used cars are becoming a viable alternative for a host of reasons. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "India’s pre-owned car market is vrooming amid an auto slump," 27 June 2019 The device also has threshold settings that are used to fine-tune the algorithm in operation. Jeff Kao And Jack Gillum, ProPublica, "Methodology: How We Tested an Aggression Detection Algorithm," 25 June 2019

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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