used to


[yoozd or for 4, yoost]
previously used or owned; secondhand: a used car.
showing wear or being worn out.
employed for a purpose; utilized.
used to, accustomed or habituated to: I'm not used to cold weather. They weren't used to getting up so early.

1325–75; Middle English; see use, -ed2

half-used, adjective
well-used, adjective Unabridged
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used (juːzd)
bought or sold second-hand: used cars

used to (juːst)
1.  made familiar with; accustomed to: I am used to hitchhiking
2.  (takes an infinitive or implied infinitive) used as an auxiliary to express habitual or accustomed actions, states, etc, taking place in the past but not continuing into the present: I don't drink these days, but I used to; I used to fish here every day
usage  The most common negative form of used to is didn't used to (or didn't use to), but in formal contexts used not to is preferred

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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., from O.Fr. user "use, employ, practice," from V.L. *usare "use," frequentative form of pp. stem of L. uti "to use," in Old L. oeti "use, employ, exercise, perform," of unknown origin. Replaced O.E. brucan (see brook (v.)). Used "second-hand" is recorded from 1590s.
User is recorded from 1935 in the narcotics sense, 1967 in the computer sense. User-friendly (1977) is said in some sources to have been coined by software designer Harlan Crowder as early as 1972. Verbal phrase used to "formerly did or was" (as in I used to love her) represents a construction attested from c.1300, and common from c.1400, but now surviving only in past tense form. The pronunciation is affected by the t- of to.

early 13c., from O.Fr. us, from L. usus "use, custom, skill, habit," from pp. stem of uti (see use (v.)). Useful is recorded from 1590s; useless is first attested 1590s.
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Idioms & Phrases

used to

  1. Accustomed or habituated to. This expression is often put as be or get used to, as in I'm not used to driving a manual-shift car, or She can't get used to calling him Dad. [Early 1500s]

  2. Formerly. This sense is used with a following verb to indicate a past state, as in I used to ride my bicycle to the post office, or This used to be the best restaurant in town. [Late 1800s]

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