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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
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  • unused to expressing herself in public, she seemed to be feeling her way.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Indeed, he was so unused to looking at her that he might well have forgotten her outward appearance.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • His mind was all unused to study, and—that day he didn't show her.

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys Gulielma Zollinger
  • His little black mare had a daughter, not unused to the saddle.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • unused to encounter difficulty, he for a time imagined them insurmountable.

    Imogen William Godwin
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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