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[noun dis-yoos; verb dis-yooz] /noun dɪsˈyus; verb 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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It has a small modern church; but an old church, now disused, lies in a dingle in some fields a mile away from the village.

    Somerset G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
  • That which encompassed and strengthened the muzzle or mouth of a cannon; now disused.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • There is also a large ossuary in the corner of the small churchyard, now disused.

    The Argosy Various
  • The old tongue of the Church was now to be disused in public worship.

    History of the English People John Richard Green
  • Dr. Anstie therefore recommends that the word "overstimulation" be disused, as unphilosophical and self-contradictory.

    Tobacco and Alcohol John Fiske
  • The rooms were low and cramped, and had a mouldy, disused smell in them.

    Doctor Luttrell's First Patient Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • They looked at the billiard-room, where the tables stood, dusty and disused, and the balls lay idly by.

  • The passage, whithersoever it led, had been disused for years.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • Of late it had been disused, however, for a period of six or seven years.

    Deering of Deal Latta Griswold
British Dictionary definitions for disused


no longer used: a disused mine


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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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