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.

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


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