Use meaning

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To consume, expend, or exhaust by use.

To use up one's energy.

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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.

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To put or bring into action or service; employ for or apply to a given purpose.
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To act or behave toward; treat.

To use a friend badly.

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The quality of being suitable or adaptable to an end; usefulness.

I tried to be of use in the kitchen.

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Gain or advantage; good.

There's no use in discussing it. What's the use?

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The power or ability to use.

To regain the use of an injured hand.

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The right or permission to use.

To grant a neighbor the use of one's car.

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The manner of using; usage.

Learned the proper use of power tools.

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A liturgical form practiced in a particular church, ecclesiastical district, or community.
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To exploit or treat (a person) as a means to some selfish end.
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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.

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A purpose for which something is used.

A tool with several uses; a pretty bowl, but of what use is it?

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To be accustomed; be wont.

He used to live in Iowa.

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(now chiefly dial.) To frequent; resort.
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The act of using or the state of being used.
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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.

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Use is defined as to handle or consume something.

An example of use is to write with a pencil.

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An instance or way of using.
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The quality that makes a thing useful or suitable for a given purpose; advantage; usefulness; worth; utility.
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The object, end, or purpose for which something is used.
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Function, service, or benefit.
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The particular form of ritual or liturgy practiced in a given church, diocese, etc.
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The right to enjoy the benefits derived from ownership of property, both real and personal.
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A habitual practice, such as drug use.
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A purpose or an end served; for example, a screwdriver’s use is tightening or loosening screws.
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The purpose for which something is adapted; for example, neighbors complaining of the owner’s use of the building to give trumpet lessons.
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The act of using.

The use of torture has been condemned by the United Nations; there is no use for your invention.

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(uncountable, followed by "of") Usefulness, benefit.

What's the use of a law that nobody follows?

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A function; a purpose for which something may be employed.

This tool has many uses.

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Occasion or need to employ; necessity.

I have no further use for these textbooks.

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Jeremy Taylor.

Thou art more obliged to pay duty and tribute, use and principal, to him.

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(archaic) Continued or repeated practice; usage; habit.
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(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.

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(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.
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(archaic) To accustom; to habituate.

Soldiers who are used to hardships and danger.

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To employ; to apply; to utilize.

Use this knife to slice the bread.

We can use this mathematical formula to solve the problem.

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(often with “up") To exhaust the supply of; to consume by employing.

We should use up most of the fuel.

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You never cared about me, you just used me!

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(dated) To behave toward; to act with regard to; to treat.

To use an animal cruelly.

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(intransitive, now rare, literary) To habitually do; to be wont to do.

To use diligence in business.

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(intransitive, past tense with infinitive) To habitually do. See used to.

I used to get things done.

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To put into service or employ for a purpose.

I used a whisk to beat the eggs. The song uses only three chords.

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To avail oneself of; practice.

Use caution.

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To conduct oneself toward; treat or handle.
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(slang) To take an illegal or narcotic drug, especially as a habit.
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The need or occasion to use or employ something.

I have no use for these old clothes.

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To practice; exercise.

To use one's judgment.

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The need, opportunity, or occasion to use.

No further use for his services.

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Constant, continued, customary, or habitual employment, practice, or exercise, or an instance of this; custom; habit; practice; wont.
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make use of
  • To use for a purpose.
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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
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in use
  • being used
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make use of
  • to use; have occasion to use
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put to use
  • to use; find a use for
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

make use of
have no use for
make use of

Origin of use

  • 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary