[ noun dis-yoos; verb dis-yooz ]
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  1. discontinuance of use or practice: Traditional customs are falling into disuse.

verb (used with object),dis·used, dis·us·ing.
  1. to cease to use.

Origin of disuse

1375–1425; late Middle English. See dis-1, use

Words Nearby disuse

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How to use disuse in a sentence

  • Moreover, in spite of the disuse of several of the older scales, much of this holds good for the time of Ptolemy.

    The Modes of Ancient Greek Music | David Binning Monro
  • Along with this change we have to note the comparative disuse of the Enharmonic and Chromatic divisions of the tetrachord.

    The Modes of Ancient Greek Music | David Binning Monro
  • “Blizzard” and “mugwump” were new but a short time ago: the latter is dying from disuse, the former has come to stay.

    English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
  • A key was turned with the loud grating noise of long disuse, and the great door swung back.

    Dracula | Bram Stoker

British Dictionary definitions for disuse


/ (dɪsˈjuːs) /

  1. the condition of being unused; neglect (often in the phrases in or into disuse)

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