- ( UK ) IPA: /ʌnˈjuːzd/, /ʌnˈjuːst/, SAMPA: /Vn"ju:zd/, /Vn"ju:st/
- ( US ) IPA: /ʌnˈjuzd/, /ʌnˈjust/, SAMPA: /Vn"juzd/, /Vn"just/
- Rhymes: -uːzd, -uːst
The second pronunciation ( /-uːst/ ) is used for the "not accustomed" sense ( especially in informal speech ), and is a devoicing of the terminal /zd/ to /st/ under the influence of the /t/ of the following to. In very informal situations the final stop is often elided completely, leading to the pronunciation of "unused to" as a single word /ˈʌn.juːs.tə/. In formal speech the second ( /-uːst/ ) pronunciation is frequently proscribed in favour of the fully voiced ( /-uːzd/ ) pronunciation, which is acceptable for either sense and is normally used for the "not used" sense in all registers .
Explanation of unused by Wordnet Dictionary
- an unused envelope
- Unused a.
1. Not used; as, “an unused book; an unused apartment”.
2. Not habituated; unaccustomed.
Unused to bend, impatient of control. Thomson.
Definition of unused by GCIDE Dictionary