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Definition of "used" [used]

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "used" in a sentence
  • "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_."
  • "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_."
  • "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"