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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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  • unused are not likely to depreciate, and they may appreciate.

    Stamp Collecting as a Pastime Edward J. Nankivell
  • unused to expressing herself in public, she seemed to be feeling her way.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Mr. Traill pulled a bell-cord and Ailie, unused as yet to bells, put her startled little face in at the door to the scullery.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • Indeed, he was so unused to looking at her that he might well have forgotten her outward appearance.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • This shiftlessness was encouraged by the vast extent of unused and unoccupied domain.

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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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