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


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.

Nearby words

  1. use tax,
  2. use up,
  3. use-by date,
  4. useable,
  5. usecc,
  6. used to,
  7. useful,
  8. usefully,
  9. useless,
  10. uselessly


    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

Related formshalf-used, adjectivewell-used, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for used to

used to

/ (juːst) /


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


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


/ (juːzd) /


bought or sold second-handused cars
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Word Origin and History for used to



"second-hand," 1590s, past participle adjective from use (v.). To be used to "accustomed, familiar" is recorded by 1520s. Verbal phrase used to "formerly did or was" (as in I used to love her) represents a construction attested from c.1300, and common from c.1400, but now surviving only in past tense form. The pronunciation is affected by the t- of to.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with used to

used to


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]


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]


In addition to the idiom beginning with used

  • used to

also see:

  • it takes getting used to

Also see underuse.

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