[ yoozd or, for 4, yoost ]
See synonyms for used on
  1. previously used or owned; secondhand: a used car.

  2. showing wear or being worn out: a thrift shop that accepts used clothing.

  1. employed for a purpose; utilized: a frequently used dictionary.

Idioms about used

  1. 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

First recorded in 1325–75; use + -ed2

Other words from used

  • half-used, adjective
  • well-used, adjective

Words Nearby used Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use used in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for used


/ (juːzd) /

  1. bought or sold second-hand: used cars

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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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