A proofreader uses a red pencil.
- Use is the acting of employing or utilizing something or the intended purpose of something.
- An example of use is the act of hammering with a hammer and nails.
- An example of use is communication to the Internet.
- Use is defined as to handle or consume something.
An example of use is to write with a pencil.
transitive verbused , us′ing
- to put or bring into action or service; employ for or apply to a given purpose
- to practice; exercise: to use one's judgment
- to act or behave toward; treat: to use a friend badly
- to consume, expend, or exhaust by use: often with up: to use up one's energy
- to smoke or chew (tobacco)
- to take or consume habitually: to use drugs
- to exploit or treat (a person) as a means to some selfish end
Origin of useMiddle English usen from Old French user from Vulgar Latin an unverified form usare from Classical Latin usus, past participle of uti, to use
- to be accustomed; be wont: now only in the past tense, with an infinitive, meaning “did at one time”: he used to live in Iowa
- Now Chiefly Dial. to frequent; resort
- the act of using or the state of being used
- the power or ability to use: to regain the use of an injured hand
- the right or permission to use: to grant a neighbor the use of one's car
- the need, opportunity, or occasion to use: no further use for his services
- an instance or way of using
- the quality that makes a thing useful or suitable for a given purpose; advantage; usefulness; worth; utility
- the object, end, or purpose for which something is used
- function, service, or benefit
- constant, continued, customary, or habitual employment, practice, or exercise, or an instance of this; custom; habit; practice; wont
- the particular form of ritual or liturgy practiced in a given church, diocese, etc.
- the enjoyment of property, as from occupying, employing, or exercising it
Origin of useinfl. by OFr ues, gain < L opus, a work profit, benefit, or advantage, esp. that from lands and tenements held in trust by another
Origin of useME & OFr us < L usus
have no use for
- to have no need of
- to have no wish to deal with; be impatient with
- to have no affection or respect for; dislike strongly
make use of
put to use
verbused, us·ing, us·es
- To put into service or employ for a purpose: I used a whisk to beat the eggs. The song uses only three chords.
- To avail oneself of; practice: use caution.
- To conduct oneself toward; treat or handle: “the peace offering of a man who once used you unkindly” ( Laurence Sterne )
- To seek or achieve an end by means of; exploit: used their highly placed friends to gain access to the president; felt he was being used by seekers of favor.
- a. To take or consume for a purpose: She used her savings to buy a computer.b. To partake of, especially as a habit: She rarely uses alcohol.
- Used in the past tense followed by to in order to indicate a former state, habitual practice, or custom: Mail service used to be faster.
- Slang To take an illegal or narcotic drug, especially as a habit.
- a. The act of using something; the application or employment of something for a purpose: with the use of a calculator; skilled in the use of the bow and arrow.b. The condition or fact of being used: a chair in regular use.
- The manner of using; usage: learned the proper use of power tools.
- a. The permission, privilege, or benefit of using something: gave us the use of their summerhouse.b. The power or ability to use something: lost the use of one arm.
- The need or occasion to use or employ something: I have no use for these old clothes.
- The quality of being suitable or adaptable to an end; usefulness: I tried to be of use in the kitchen.
- A purpose for which something is used: a tool with several uses; a pretty bowl, but of what use is it?
- Gain or advantage; good: There's no use in discussing it. What's the use?
- a. Accustomed or usual procedure or practice: “We are but creatures of use and custom” ( Mark Twain )b. A particular custom or practice: uses introduced by recent immigrants.
- Law a. Enjoyment of property, as by occupying or employing it.b. The benefit or profit of lands and tenements of which the legal title is vested in another.c. The arrangement establishing the equitable right to such benefits and profits.
- A liturgical form practiced in a particular church, ecclesiastical district, or community.
Origin of useMiddle English usen from Old French user from Vulgar Latin ūsāre frequentative of Latin ūtī N., Middle English from Old French us from Latin ūsus from past participle of ūtī
Usage Note: The verb use is used in the past tense with an infinitive to indicate a past condition or habitual practice: We used to live in that house. Because the -d in used has merged with the t of to and is not pronounced in these constructions, people sometimes mistakenly leave it out when writing. Thus it is incorrect to write We use to play tennis. When do occurs with this form of use in negative statements and in questions, the situation is reversed, and use to (not used to ) is correct: You did not use to play on that team. Didn't she use to work for your company?
- The act of using.
- the use of torture has been condemned by the United Nations; there is no use for your invention
- (uncountable, followed by "of") Usefulness, benefit.
- What's the use of a law that nobody follows?
- A function; a purpose for which something may be employed.
- This tool has many uses.
- Occasion or need to employ; necessity.
- I have no further use for these textbooks.
- Jeremy Taylor
- Thou art more obliged to pay duty and tribute, use and principal, to him.
- (archaic) Continued or repeated practice; usage; habit.
- (religion) The special form of ritual adopted for use in any diocese.
- the Sarum, or Canterbury, use; the Hereford use; the York use; the Roman use; etc.
- (forging) A slab of iron welded to the side of a forging, such as a shaft, near the end, and afterward drawn down, by hammering, so as to lengthen the forging.
From Middle English use, from Old French us, from Latin usus (“use, custom, skill, habit"), from past participle stem of uti (“use"). Replaced native Middle English note (“use") (See note) from Old English notu, and Middle English nutte (“use") from Old English nytt.
(third-person singular simple present uses, present participle using, simple past and past participle used)
- (archaic) To accustom; to habituate.
- soldiers who are used to hardships and danger
- To employ; to apply; to utilize.
- Use this knife to slice the bread.
- We can use this mathematical formula to solve the problem.
- (often with “up") To exhaust the supply of; to consume by employing
- We should use up most of the fuel.
- To exploit.
- You never cared about me, you just used me!
- (dated) To behave toward; to act with regard to; to treat.
- to use an animal cruelly
- (intransitive, now rare, literary) To habitually do; to be wont to do.
- to use diligence in business
- (intransitive, past tense with infinitive) To habitually do. See used to.
- I used to get things done.
From Middle English usen, from Old French user (“use, employ, practice"), from Vulgar Latin *usare (“use"), frequentative form of past participle stem of Latin uti (“to use"). Replaced native Middle English noten, nutten (“to use") (from Old English notian, nÄ“otan, nyttian) and Middle English brouken, bruken (“to use, enjoy") (from Old English brÅ«can).
use - Legal Definition
- The right to enjoy the benefits derived from ownership of property, both real and personal.
- A habitual practice, such as drug use.
- A purpose or an end served; for example, a screwdriver’s use is tightening or loosening screws.
- The purpose for which something is adapted; for example, neighbors complaining of the owner’s use of the building to give trumpet lessons.