Definition of unused in US English:



  • 1Not being, or never having been, used.

    ‘any unused equipment will be welcomed back’
    • ‘They are urging people with unused tools and woodwork equipment sitting idle in garages and around the house to donate them.’
    • ‘It is maiden also when it is still in its original, unused, untouched or unexplored condition.’
    • ‘Other items of wasteful consumption include unused gym subscriptions and sports equipment.’
    • ‘In addition we have taken the opportunity to remove an unused reservoir on the site and to tidy undergrowth within the site boundary.’
    • ‘The £250,000 project will recondition unused side loading equipment at the port.’
    • ‘When schools remain unused for six weeks, that's a waste of precious resources.’
    • ‘We cannot support all the shops we have already, so a few more very expensive units can only remain empty and unused.’
    • ‘How much better to see a redundant farm building re-developed for a new purpose than to let it remain unused.’
    • ‘The first floor will house the toilets and other rooms will remain unused.’
    • ‘We pity him, but with a touch of awe, because we sense the power that remains unused.’
    • ‘Tesco bought the site several years ago but failed to secure permission for a store and it is has remained largely unused.’
    • ‘The rooms remain unpainted and unused but provide a clean palette for prospective buyers.’
    • ‘For some time now the tables have remained unused and the room became dilapidated.’
    • ‘The rackets and rods remained unused but we gave the excellent wine list some serious investigation.’
    • ‘He made an appeal for unused computer equipment so that he could repair and donate it to needy schools.’
    • ‘One bin contained a signed blank cheque, while another contained an unused cheque book.’
    • ‘Even after the Fund had distributed large amounts of equipment, much of it was going unused.’
    • ‘He had very little money on him, his cash card remains unused and his mobile phone rang unanswered until the battery ran out.’
    • ‘The group is also inviting donations of spare or unused mobile phones so it can give them to local families in need.’
    • ‘I was interested to read this article which states the Falcon Park hut site remains dangerous and unused.’
    unutilized, not made use of, unemployed, unexploited, not in service, non-functioning
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  • 2unused topredicative Not familiar with or accustomed to.

    ‘unused to spicy food, she took a long mouthful of water’
    • ‘It came as no surprise that she was unused to being around so many strangers at once.’
    • ‘It was a challenge not only to get it into the form (meter and rhyme), but I was unused to writing about such concrete subject matter.’
    unaccustomed, not used, new, fresh, a stranger
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