used [yoozd or for 4, yoost] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for used on adjective

  1. previously used or owned; secondhand: a used car.
  2. showing wear or being worn out: a thrift shop that accepts used clothing.
  3. employed for a purpose; utilized: a frequently used dictionary.


  1. used to, accustomed or habituated to: I’m not used to cold weather. They weren’t used to getting up so early.

Origin of used Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at use, -ed2 Related formshalf-used, adjectivewell-used, adjective Related Words for well-used busy, accepted, frequented, sure, well-used Examples from the Web for well-used Contemporary Examples of well-used

  • So what of the photograph of what the Senate report described as a “well-used waterboard” with buckets around it, at the Salt Pit?

    CIA Interrogation Chief: ‘Rectal Feeding,’ Broken Limbs Are News to Me

    Kimberly Dozier

    December 11, 2014

  • Historical Examples of well-used

  • By skilful play and well-used dignity he might contrive to snatch all the credit yet.

    Rung Ho!

    Talbot Mundy

  • Upon one side of the room are shelves holding five or six hundred well-used volumes.

    John Greenleaf Whittier

    W. Sloane Kennedy

  • He made the coins jump and jingle in his agile hand, well-used to dealing cards.

    Their Son; The Necklace

    Eduardo Zamacois

  • It sagged upon the hinges, but, well-used to its vagaries, she overcame it with a regardless haste.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • It was a dark cordovan brown, made even darker by long usage, which had added oily stains to the well-used leather.

    With No Strings Attached

    Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA David Gordon)

  • British Dictionary definitions for well-used well-used adjective (well used when postpositive)

    1. used or employed often or for a long time; well-worn

    used adjective

    1. bought or sold second-handused cars

    Word Origin and History for well-used used adj.

    “second-hand,” 1590s, past participle adjective from use (v.). To be used to “accustomed, familiar” is recorded by 1520s. Verbal phrase used to “formerly did or was” (as in I used to love her) represents a construction attested from c.1300, and common from c.1400, but now surviving only in past tense form. The pronunciation is affected by the t- of to.

    Idioms and Phrases with well-used used

    In addition to the idiom beginning with used

  • used to
  • also see:

  • it takes getting used to
  • Also see underuse.

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