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used

[yoozd or for 4, yoost] /yuzd or for 4, yust/
adjective
1.
previously used or owned; secondhand:
a used car.
2.
showing wear or being worn out:
a thrift shop that accepts used clothing.
3.
employed for a purpose; utilized:
a frequently used dictionary.
Idioms
4.
used to, accustomed or habituated to:
I'm not used to cold weather. They weren't used to getting up so early.
Origin of used
1325-1375
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at use, -ed2
Related forms
half-used, adjective
well-used, adjective
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Examples from the Web for half-used
Historical Examples
  • Unused, half-used, misused—was ever anything like that energy?

    The Ordeal of Mark Twain Van Wyck Brooks
  • A half-used strip of shells was in the gun and other strips were close at hand.

  • Varnish and cans of half-used paint remained, but the boat had been removed.

  • Dearly as he loves the choice volumes ranged in neat order on his bookshelves, they are but half-used while they are not shared.

    The Chautauquan, Vol. III, December 1882 The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle
  • On the floor to the right lay a half-used cake of soap just as it had slipped from her hand.

    Initials Only Anna Katharine Green
British Dictionary definitions for half-used

half-used

adjective
1.
having been partially used: half-used tubes of toothpaste

used

/juːzd/
adjective
1.
bought or sold second-hand: used cars
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Word Origin and History for half-used

used

adj.

"second-hand," 1590s, past participle adjective from use (v.). To be used to "accustomed, familiar" is recorded by 1520s. 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with half-used

used

In addition to the idiom beginning with used also see: it takes getting used to also see under: use
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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