To use up one's energy.
Used their highly placed friends to gain access to the president; felt he was being used by seekers of favor.
To use a friend badly.
I tried to be of use in the kitchen.
There's no use in discussing it. What's the use?
To regain the use of an injured hand.
To grant a neighbor the use of one's car.
Learned the proper use of power tools.
Mail service used to be faster.
A tool with several uses; a pretty bowl, but of what use is it?
He used to live in Iowa.
An example of use is the act of hammering with a hammer and nails.
An example of use is communication to the Internet.
An example of use is to write with a pencil.
The use of torture has been condemned by the United Nations; there is no use for your invention.
This tool has many uses.
I have no further use for these textbooks.
Thou art more obliged to pay duty and tribute, use and principal, to him.
The Sarum, or Canterbury, use; the Hereford use; the York use; the Roman use; etc.
To use an animal cruelly.
I used a whisk to beat the eggs. The song uses only three chords.
I have no use for these old clothes.
To use one's judgment.
No further use for his services.
- To use for a purpose.
- to have no need of
- to have no wish to deal with; be impatient with
- to have no affection or respect for; dislike strongly
- being used
- to use; have occasion to use
- to use; find a use for
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).