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[n. dis-yoos; v. dis-yooz] /n. dɪsˈyus; v. dɪsˈyuz/
discontinuance of use or practice:
Traditional customs are falling into disuse.
verb (used with object), disused, disusing.
to cease to use.
Origin of disuse
1375-1425; late Middle English. See dis-1, use Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disuse
  • The ones who want to collect all the marbles will die away from disuse eventually anyway.
  • But in the hundred years since the paths were laid out, they had fallen into disuse.
  • Backups may have been invented once but would simply be lost due to disuse.
  • And that means using tools that have largely fallen into disuse.
  • disuse atrophy occurs from a lack of physical exercise.
  • Because of disuse, their sensitivity synapses are still performing at preschool levels.
British Dictionary definitions for disuse


the condition of being unused; neglect (often in the phrases in or into disuse)
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Word Origin and History for disuse

c.1400, see dis- + use (n.).


c.1400, "misuse, pervert;" mid-15c., "become unaccustomed," from or on analogy of Old French desuser, from des- "not" (see dis-) + user "use" (see use (v.)). Related: Disused.

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