A row of used cars.
- The definition of used is something that was owned, worn or utilized by someone before another.
- An example of used is a pre-owned vehicle.
- An example of used is clothing purchased at a thrift store.
- that has been used
- Not new; secondhand: a used car.
- Accustomed; habituated: getting used to the cold weather; was used to driving a small car.
used (not comparable)
- That is or has or have been used.
- The ground was littered with used syringes left behind by drug abusers.
- That has or have previously been owned by someone else.
- He bought a used car.
- Familiar through use; usual; accustomed.
- I got used to this weather.
Variant of use
transitive verbused , using
- to put or bring into action or service; employ for or apply to a given purpose
- to practice; exercise: to use one's judgment
- to act or behave toward; treat: to use a friend badly
- to consume, expend, or exhaust by use: often with up: to use up one's energy
- to smoke or chew (tobacco)
- to take or consume habitually: to use drugs
- to make familiar; accustom: used in the passive with to: to become used to certain ways
- to exploit or treat (a person) as a means to some selfish end
Origin of useMiddle English usen ; from Old French user ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form usare ; from Classical Latin usus, past participle of uti, to use
- to be accustomed; be wont: now only in the past tense, with an infinitive, meaning “did at one time”: he used to live in Iowa
- Now Chiefly Dial. to frequent; resort
- the act of using or the state of being used
- the power or ability to use: to regain the use of an injured hand
- the right or permission to use: to grant a neighbor the use of one's car
- the need, opportunity, or occasion to use: no further use for his services
- an instance or way of using
- the quality that makes a thing useful or suitable for a given purpose; advantage; usefulness; worth; utility
- the object, end, or purpose for which something is used
- function, service, or benefit
- constant, continued, customary, or habitual employment, practice, or exercise, or an instance of this; custom; habit; practice; wont
- the particular form of ritual or liturgy practiced in a given church, diocese, etc.
- the enjoyment of property, as from occupying, employing, or exercising it
Origin of useinfl. by OFr ues, gain < L opus, a work profit, benefit, or advantage, esp. that from lands and tenements held in trust by another
Origin of useME & OFr us < L usus
have no use for
- to have no need of
- to have no wish to deal with; be impatient with
- ☆ to have no affection or respect for; dislike strongly
make use of
to use; have occasion to use
put to use
to use; find a use for