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.
Idioms about used
used to, accustomed or habituated to: I'm not used to cold weather. They weren't used to getting up so early.
- half-used, adjective
- well-used, adjective
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How to use used in a sentence
That strategy has been used in some cases to help determine GMO policy.
Like many trans users, Transartist often gets used as a source of information more than anything else.
The new information consisted of Internet protocol addresses that Comey said are “exclusively used” by North Korea.
My body used for his hard pleasure; a stone god gripping me in his hands.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits | Emily Shire | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Morris struggled to straighten his back, which involved stiffening a spine rarely used.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’ | Asawin Suebsaeng | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
He alludes to it as one of their evil customs and used by them to produce insensibility.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
Other things being equal, the volume of voice used measures the value that the mind puts upon the thought.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
The badness of the gunpowder used by the Mexicans, was again of great service to us.
It was afterwards used as a schoolroom in connection with Winfield's factory.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
Knowing by experience that he would soon be up to it, he used his pole with all his might, hoping to steer clear of it.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for used
bought or sold second-hand: used cars
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with used
In addition to the idiom beginning with used
- used to
- it takes getting used to
Also see underuse.
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