used[yo̵̅o̅zd : see note at use]
- 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.
A row of used cars.
used definition by Webster's New World
- that has been used
used definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Not new; secondhand: a used car.
- also Accustomed; habituated: getting used to the cold weather; was used to driving a small car.
used - Phrases/Idioms
Variant of use
- 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: Middle 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: infl. by OFr ues, gain < L opus, a workprofit, benefit, or advantage, esp. that from lands and tenements held in trust by another
Origin: ME & OFr us < L usus