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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
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  • But it had been disused for some time, and the pipe in the lion's mouth was dry.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • The disused door into her room was locked, and the key safe on the housekeeper's bunch.

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

    Doctor Luttrell's First Patient

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

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • That which encompassed and strengthened the muzzle or mouth of a cannon; now disused.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Is she the sort of person who'd waste an afternoon in a disused greenhouse?

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
  • The reader must not suppose that this was a disused chapel: far from it.

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

    History of the English People John Richard Green
  • I had had the man removed to a disused cabin, and when I got there the door was locked.

    Hurricane Island

    H. B. Marriott Watson
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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