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
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British Dictionary definitions for used to (1 of 2)

used to
/ (juːst) /

adjective

made familiar with; accustomed toI am used to hitchhiking

verb (tr)

(takes an infinitive or implied infinitive) used as an auxiliary to express habitual or accustomed actions, states, etc, taking place in the past but not continuing into the presentI don't drink these days, but I used to; I used to fish here every day

usage for used to

The most common negative form of used to is didn't used to (or didn't use to), but in formal contexts used not to is preferred

British Dictionary definitions for used to (2 of 2)

used
/ (juːzd) /

adjective

bought or sold second-handused cars
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Idioms and Phrases with used to (1 of 2)

used to

1

Accustomed or habituated to. This expression is often put as be or get used to, as in I'm not used to driving a manual-shift car, or She can't get used to calling him Dad. [Early 1500s]

2

Formerly. This sense is used with a following verb to indicate a past state, as in I used to ride my bicycle to the post office, or This used to be the best restaurant in town. [Late 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with used to (2 of 2)

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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