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Assumed vs Used - What's the difference?

assumed | used |

As verbs the difference between assumed and used

is that assumed is (assume) while used is (use).

As adjectives the difference between assumed and used

is that assumed is used in a manner intended to deceive; fictitious while used is that is or has or have been used.




  • (assume)
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Used in a manner intended to deceive; fictitious.
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  • Supposed or presumed.
  • Derived terms

    * assumed name






  • (use)
  • * 1948 , , North from Mexico / The Spanish-Speaking People of The United States , J. B. Lippincott Company, page 75
  • In 1866 Colonel J. F. Meline noted that the rebozo had almost disappeared in Santa Fe and that hoop skirts, on sale in the stores, were being widely used .
    You used me!
  • (intransitive, as an auxiliary verb, now only in past tense) to perform habitually; to be accustomed [to doing something]
  • He used to live here, but moved away last year.


    (en adjective)
  • That is or has or have been used.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Boundary problems , passage=Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid to be a science, too rigorous to be an art. Perhaps it is fitting that economists’ most-used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too. GDP measures the total value of output in an economic territory. Its apparent simplicity explains why it is scrutinised down to tenths of a percentage point every month.}}
  • That has or have previously been owned by someone else.
  • Familiar through use; usual; accustomed.
  • * 1965 , (Bob Dylan), (Like a Rolling Stone)
  • Nobody's ever taught you how to live out on the street and now you're gonna have to get used to it.


    * (having been used) * (previously owned by someone else) pre-owned, second-hand


    * (having been used) unused * (previously owned by someone else) new

    Derived terms

    * usedness * well-used

    See also

    * used to




    * English heteronyms