- 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.
A proofreader uses a red pencil.
use definition by Webster's New World
- 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 make familiar; accustom: used in the passive with to: to become used to certain ways
- to exploit or treat (a person) as a means to some selfish end
Origin: Middle 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: infl. by OFr ues, gain < L opus, a workprofit, benefit, or advantage, esp. that from lands and tenements held in trust by another
Origin: ME & OFr us < L usus
use definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb used used, us·ing, us·es verb, transitive
- To put into service or apply for a purpose; employ.
- 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.
- To take or consume; partake of: She rarely used alcohol.
- a. The act of using; 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: have no use for these old clothes.
- The quality of being suitable or adaptable to an end; usefulness: 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?
- Accustomed or usual procedure or practice.
- Law a. Enjoyment of property, as by occupying or exercising it.b. The benefit or profit of lands and tenements of which the legal title and possession are 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.
- Obsolete Usual occurrence or experience.
Origin: Middle 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.
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.
use - Phrases/Idioms
have no use for
- to have no need of
- to have no wish to deal with; be impatient with
- â to have no affection or respect for; dislike strongly
make use of
put to use