- 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.
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.
- 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.