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  1. not yet usedpreviously untapped resources
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Related Words

introductory, inaugural, idle, vacant, untapped, prime, initial, primary, pioneer, beginning, original, first, fresh, intact, new, untried, unused, initiatory, unbroached, immaculate

Examples from the Web for untapped

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Historical Examples

  • It was therefore fair to say that the mineral wealth of the country was untapped.

    The Island Mystery

    George A. Birmingham

  • We need an awakening to the untapped power and possibilities of human nature.

    Theism or Atheism

    Chapman Cohen

  • There you have it—roommate-ware for homeless people, a great and untapped market.


    Cory Doctorow

  • To the Allies only the untapped resources of America remained.

    Dangerous Days

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • All other information relating to the Nipe went through special channels known to be untapped by the Nipe.

    Anything You Can Do ...

    Gordon Randall Garrett

Word Origin and History for untapped


1775, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of tap (v.). Figurative use from c.1890.

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