used

[ yoozd or for 4, yoost ]
/ yuzd or for 4, yust /

adjective

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 for used

    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

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at use, -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM used

half-used, adjectivewell-used, adjective

Definition for used (2 of 2)

Origin of use

1175–1225; (v.) Middle English usen < Old French user < Latin ūsus, past participle of ūtī to use; (noun) Middle English < Old French < Latin ūsus act of using a thing, application, employment, equivalent to ūt-, stem of ūtī to use + -tus suffix of v. action, with tt > s

SYNONYMS FOR use

1 Use, utilize mean to make something serve one's purpose. Use is the general word: to use a telephone; to use a saw and other tools; to use one's eyes; to use eggs in cooking. (What is used often has depreciated or been diminished, sometimes completely consumed: a used automobile; All the butter has been used. ) As applied to persons, use implies some selfish or sinister purpose: to use another to advance oneself. Utilize implies practical or profitable use: to utilize the means at hand, a modern system of lighting.
3 exhaust, waste.
7 familiarize, inure.
12 employment, utilization, application, exercise.
13 handling.

OTHER WORDS FROM use

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH use

use usage utilize (see usage note at usage) (see synonym study at the current entry)

usage note for use

See usage.
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British Dictionary definitions for used (1 of 2)

used
/ (juːzd) /

adjective

bought or sold second-handused cars

British Dictionary definitions for used (2 of 2)

use

verb (juːz) (tr)

noun (juːs)

See also used to, use up

Word Origin for use

C13: from Old French user to use, from Latin ūsus having used, from ūtī to use
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Idioms and Phrases with used (1 of 2)

used

In addition to the idiom beginning with used

  • used to

also see:

  • it takes getting used to

Also see underuse.

Idioms and Phrases with used (2 of 2)

use

In addition to the idioms beginning with use

  • used to
  • use one's head
  • use up

also see:

  • have no use for
  • make use of
  • no use
  • put to good use

Also see underused.

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