disuse

[[t]dɪ̱sju͟ːs[/t]]
N-UNCOUNT: oft into N
If something falls into disuse, people stop using it. If something becomes worse as a result of disuse, it becomes worse because no one uses it.

...a church which has fallen into disuse...

The wheel had long since rusted from years of disuse.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Disuse — Dis*use , n. Cessation of use, practice, or exercise; inusitation; desuetude; as, the limbs lose their strength by disuse. [1913 Webster] The disuse of the tongue in the only . . . remedy. Addison. [1913 Webster] Church discipline then fell into… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Disuse — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To disaccustom; with to or from; as, disused to toil. Disuse me from . . . pain. Donne.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disuse — I noun abandonment, abolishment, abolition, abstinence, archaism, cessation of use, decay, desuetude, discontinuance, discontinuation, disregard, disusage, failure to use, ignorement, inattention, inusitation, neglect, nonemployment, nonuse,… …   Law dictionary

  • disuse — ► NOUN ▪ the state of not being used; neglect. DERIVATIVES disused adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • disuse — [disyo͞os′] n. the fact or state of being or becoming unused; lack of use …   English World dictionary

  • disuse — noun VERB + DISUSE ▪ be in ▪ Much of the factory is in disuse. ▪ fall into ▪ A new bridge was built ten years ago and the old one has fallen into disuse. PREPOSITION …   Collocations dictionary

  • Disuse — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Disuse >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 forbearance forbearance abstinence Sgm: N 1 disuse disuse Sgm: N 1 relinquishment relinquishment &c. 782 Sgm: N 1 desuetude desuetude &c.(want of habit) 614 Sgm: N 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • disuse — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Lack of use Nouns 1. disuse, forbearance, abstinence; obsoleteness, [planned] obsolescence; relinquishment; cessation, discontinuance; abandonment; castaway, throwaway, reject. Informal, cold storage.… …   English dictionary for students

  • disuse — n. to fall into disuse * * * [dɪs juːs] to fall into disuse …   Combinatory dictionary

  • disuse — dis|use [ dıs jus ] noun uncount a situation in which something is not being used: fall into disuse: The old bridge fell into disuse …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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