- Usage is defined as the way that something is being used, or to the proper way to make use of something such as a word or phrase or tool.
- When the power company measures how and when people use power, this is an example of a study of usage.
- When you use a word incorrectly, this is an example of an improper usage.
- the act, way, or extent of using or treating; treatment; use
- long-continued or established practice; habitual or customary use or way of acting; custom; habit
- the way in which a word, phrase, etc. is used to express a particular idea; customary manner of using the words of a given language in speaking or writing, or an instance of this
Origin of usageOld French ; from Medieval Latin usagium ; from Classical Latin usus: see use
- a. The act, manner, or amount of using; use: patterns of computer usage; an instrument that measures water usage.b. The act or manner of treating; treatment: subjected the car to rough usage.
- a. Habitual or accepted practice: customs that have faded from common usage.b. A usual, habitual, or accepted practice: manners and other social usages.
- a. The way in which words or phrases are actually used, spoken, or written in a speech community: “Dictionaries are but the depositories of words already legitimated by usage” (Thomas Jefferson).b. A particular expression in speech or writing: a nonce usage.
Origin of usageMiddle English, from Old French, from us, from Latin ūsus, from past participle of ūtī, to use.
- The manner or the amount of using; use
- Habit or accepted practice
- (lexicography) The ways and contexts in which spoken and written words are used, determined by a lexicographer's intuition or from corpus analysis.
- Correct or proper use of language, proclaimed by some authority.
- Geographic, social, or temporal restrictions on the use of words.
From Anglo-Norman and Old French usage.