Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not new; secondhand: a used car.
  • adj. Accustomed; habituated: getting used to the cold weather; was used to driving a small car.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of use.
  • adj. That is or has or have been used.
  • adj. That has or have previously been owned by someone else.
  • adj. Familiar through use; usual; accustomed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. employed in accomplishing something
  • adj. of persons; taken advantage of
  • adj. previously used or owned by another

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Examples

  • You know it has been used by thousands -- by millions -- and has strewed the land with desolation, and peopled hell with its victims; and you cannot but acknowledge that you would at once cease to make the liquor, did you not _hope it would continue to be used_.

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  • The instrument used in this case, (the regular flogging stick having been _used up_ by previous service,) was the commander's cane -- _a heavy knotted club_.

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  • It struck Betty, who was used to taking social events easily, that there was no pleasuring at all in the old village, though people were always saying how gay and delightful it _used_ to be and how many guests

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  • Although, to be used offensively, guns should be in strong masses, in order to strike a decisive blow on some single point; this is by no means the case when _used defensively_; for,

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  • I made this furniture polish, used it before our house guests arrived, and it worked BETTER than the lemon pledge I _used_ to use.

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  • The same Dutch word inspired the term used to describe early Mediterranean merchant ships.

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  • As detailed in Chapter 9, the Black Church the term used to refer to all historically African American congregations and denominations has a long and distinctive history in the United States.

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  • If you're a fan of the show, you've probably heard the term used on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • The term used to be reserved only for children with really incapacitating difficulties in language, social relationships, behaviors, and usually low IQ.

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  • Most recently, an Islamist preacher crashed into a university musical concert in a Nile Delta province of Mansoura, saying music was forbidden by Islam and that he wanted to "promote virtue and prevent vice" - the term used for the mission of Saudi Arabia's religious police.

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