\ 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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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 The hotel’s director of sales and marketing, Patricia Tang, said Monday that the establishment does not sell its used mattresses. Jennifer A Dlouhy,, "Pruitt Tried to Buy Used Mattress From Trump Hotel Last Year," 4 June 2018 They are designed and should solely be used to correct the tone of the color. Julia Marzovilla, Marie Claire, "How to Tone Your Hair the Right Way, According to Stylists," 30 Apr. 2019 That same fear of appearing stupid used to block the creativity my career needs in order to thrive. Andrea Barrica, SELF, "How Owning My Sexuality Transformed My Career," 23 Apr. 2019 Instead of tossing the packaging of your used M.A.C. products in the trash can, set them aside in a safe place. Devon Abelman, Allure, "M.A.C. Is Giving Away Free Lipstick in Exchange for Beauty Empties," 23 Apr. 2019 The consumer-price index, which gauges what Americans pay for everything from used trucks to lipstick, rose a seasonally adjusted 0.2% in February from the prior month, the Labor Department said Tuesday. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "U.S. Workers Gain From Rising Wages, Low Inflation," 12 Mar. 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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