Definition of used in English:



  • 1Having already been used.

    ‘scrawling on the back of a used envelope’
    • ‘A former theatre boss is setting up a factory to turn used cooking oil into eco-friendly fuel for cars.’
    • ‘They put rubber in their ovens to make it burn better, some put used diapers, any old garbage just to get rid of it.’
    • ‘Limerick County Council has provided the school with a container for used batteries.’
    • ‘A police sergeant has undergone hospital tests after his hand was pricked with a used syringe during a drugs raid.’
    • ‘Partly used Christmas candles and ordinary candles often came to the rescue in parts of the hall.’
    • ‘Unfortunately it then ignited a bin bag full of used envelopes and rubbish which caused most of the fire damage.’
    • ‘These can include digital photographs, their used tickets from bus or train journeys, and cafe bills.’
    • ‘The Recycool scheme recycles used printer cartridges and mobile phones.’
    • ‘We feel that we are probably only talking about a small proportion of hypodermic users who do dump their used syringes.’
    • ‘We really need your help and by sending us your used postage stamps.’
    • ‘Environmental standards are high on the agenda here, with many canal boats being powered by used cooking oil.’
    • ‘The study found that internal examinations were being conducted on women with used gloves.’
  • 2Second-hand.

    ‘a used car’
    • ‘The used car dealers will now review security but in the meantime they are appealing from more help from authorities.’
    • ‘Never buy a used car without thoroughly checking it out for underbody damage.’
    • ‘They are also investigating the purchase of a used fire truck for the fledgling department.’
    • ‘These are the first of her works not to employ used furniture or found objects.’
    • ‘He had gotten a part time summer job and took out money from his his bank account to buy a used car.’
    • ‘It is the largest used bookstore in the world with over three million books.’
    • ‘What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?’
    • ‘The ruling is expected to boost used car imports to Finland, especially from Germany.’
    • ‘Now it specialises in used cars, although it still sources new models for customers on request.’
    • ‘You can get more recent models for less from many used car dealers in town now.’
    • ‘Toys should be new or good-quality used ones and should not be wrapped.’
    • ‘All used clothes in good condition are required for families in Gambia, West Africa.’
    • ‘Looking through the classifieds will reveal that the majority of used cars are three-door examples.’
    • ‘It's the best used book store in the immediate area, and just a few steps outside of Waterloo.’
    • ‘They can also launch a search for a specific used car and get notification when one comes into stock.’
    • ‘The firm is also reaching out to independent car dealers and sellers of other used merchandise.’
    • ‘The law says your used car must be of satisfactory quality, as described and reasonably fit for its purpose.’
    • ‘Prices are not staggeringly cheap on the used market, but there are still plenty of 480 bargains to be had.’
    • ‘In addition to a variety of items for sale, there will be a silent auction, a used book table and a huge bake sale.’
    • ‘When selling a used car do you include a full listing of its faults?’
    second-hand, old, nearly new, worn, pre-owned, handed-down, cast-off
    hand-me-down, reach-me-down
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