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[uhn-yoozd for 1, 2; uhn-yoost for 3] /ʌnˈyuzd for 1, 2; ʌnˈyust for 3/
not used; not put to use:
an unused room.
never having been used:
an unused postage stamp.
not accustomed:
unused to cold winters.
Origin of unused
1250-1300; Middle English; see un-1, used Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unused
  • It will humble you a bit when you start using all those unused muscles.
  • Programs that permit the donation of good, unused drugs to the needy owe their existence to the lobbying by families of patients.
  • What the calipers cannot measure is whether the brain inside the skull is a used one or an unused one.
  • Simple steps include driving at slower speeds, avoiding quick accelerations and removing unused cargo racks, which create drag.
  • It extracts energy from a warm source, performs work and deposits the unused energy at a cold sink.
  • My spa was a space that stretched nearly underneath the desk in an unused windowless office.
  • Most of the fresh water drains back into the oceans unused.
  • One-way tickets with unused legs don't qualify for refunds, but round-trip tickets do if one entire leg is completely unused.
  • unused rebates will expire six months after the end of the period in which they were earned.
  • He asked the company for permission to take over an unused parking lot to install a full-fledged garden.
British Dictionary definitions for unused


(ʌnˈjuːzd). not being or never having been made use of
(ʌnˈjuːst), (postpositive) foll by to. not accustomed or used (to something)
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Word Origin and History for unused

c.1300, "unaccustomed," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of use (v.). Meaning "not employed" is recorded from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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