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Meaning of DISUSE

Pronunciation:  [n]dis'yoos, [v]dis'yooz, 'disyoos

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the state of something that has been unused and neglected; "the house was in a terrible state of neglect"

DISUSE is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: neglect
 See Also: declination, decline, omission



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dis*use"\ (?; see {Dis-}), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Disused}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disusing}.]
    1. To cease to use; to discontinue the practice of.
    2. To disaccustom; -- with to or from; as, disused to toil.
       ``Disuse me from . . . pain.'' --Donne.
  2. \Dis*use"\, n.
    Cessation of use, practice, or exercise; inusitation;
    desuetude; as, the limbs lose their strength by disuse.
          The disuse of the tongue in the only . . . remedy.
          Church discipline then fell into disuse. --Southey.
Thesaurus Terms
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