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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
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at un-1, used Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • unused are not likely to depreciate, and they may appreciate.

    Stamp Collecting as a Pastime Edward J. Nankivell
  • It was weak—with those flabby, unused muscles, it had to be.

    Vigorish Gordon Randall Garrett
  • 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
  • Their ears, unused to the voice of man's love, tingled at the words of Pierre.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • 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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