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[yoozd or for 4, yoost] /yuzd or for 4, yust/
previously used or owned; secondhand:
a used car.
showing wear or being worn out:
a thrift shop that accepts used clothing.
employed for a purpose; utilized:
a frequently used dictionary.
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
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at use, -ed2
Related forms
half-used, adjective
well-used, adjective Unabridged
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  • By skilful play and well-used dignity he might contrive to snatch all the credit yet.

    Rung Ho! Talbot Mundy
  • Upon one side of the room are shelves holding five or six hundred well-used volumes.

    John Greenleaf Whittier W. Sloane Kennedy
  • He made the coins jump and jingle in his agile hand, well-used to dealing cards.

    Their Son; The Necklace

    Eduardo Zamacois
  • It sagged upon the hinges, but, well-used to its vagaries, she overcame it with a regardless haste.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • It was a dark cordovan brown, made even darker by long usage, which had added oily stains to the well-used leather.

    With No Strings Attached Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA David Gordon)
  • As he spoke, he took up a well-used old book in a brown cover, which opened easily in his hand.

    The Rosery Folk George Manville Fenn
  • Remember what I said just now: by well-used sentiment, and well-used sorrow, great nations live.

  • The ocean side of the cottage was windowless and lined with well-used books on pine shelves.

    Margarita's Soul Ingraham Lovell
  • That well-used formula of the town might have been a high-flown compliment at the beginning, but it was sober truth now.

    Mrs. Thompson William Babington Maxwell
British Dictionary definitions for well-used


adjective (well used when postpositive)
used or employed often or for a long time; well-worn


bought or sold second-hand: used cars
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for well-used



"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 well-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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