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used

[yoozd or for 4, yoost]
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.
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Idioms
  1. used to, accustomed or habituated to: I'm not used to cold weather. They weren't used to getting up so early.
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Origin of used

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at use, -ed2
Related formshalf-used, adjectivewell-used, adjective
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Historical Examples of half-used

  • 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.

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    Anna Katharine Green


British Dictionary definitions for half-used

half-used

adjective
  1. having been partially usedhalf-used tubes of toothpaste
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used

adjective
  1. bought or sold second-handused 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.

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Idioms and Phrases with half-used

used

In addition to the idiom beginning with used

  • used to

also see:

  • it takes getting used to

Also see underuse.

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