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use

Noun

1 the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers" [syn: usage, utilization, utilisation, employment, exercise]
2 a particular service; "he put his knowledge to good use"; "patrons have their uses"
3 what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?" [syn: function, purpose, role]
4 (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing; "the consumption of energy has increased steadily" [syn: consumption, economic consumption, usance, use of goods and services]
5 a pattern of behavior acquired through frequent repetition; "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use had hardened him to it" [syn: habit, wont]
6 (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property; "we were given the use of his boat" [syn: enjoyment]
7 exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage; "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous" [syn: manipulation]

Verb

1 put into service; make work or employ (something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't make use of this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer" [syn: utilize, utilise, apply, employ]
2 take or consume (regularly or habitually); "She uses drugs rarely" [syn: habituate]
3 seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage; "She uses her influential friends to get jobs"; "The president's wife used her good connections"
4 use up, consume fully; "The legislature expended its time on school questions" [syn: expend]
5 avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance" [syn: practice, apply]
6 habitually do something (use only in the past tense); "She used to call her mother every week but now she calls only occasionally"; "I used to get sick when I ate in that dining hall"; "They used to vacation in the Bahamas"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Alternative spellings

Etymology

us, usus, from uti.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. The act of using.
    The use of torture has been condemned by the United Nations.
    There is no use for your invention.
  2. In the context of "uncountable|followed by "of"": Usefulness, benefit.
    What's the use of a law that nobody abides to?
  3. A function; a purpose for which something may be employed.
    This tool has many uses.

Translations

act of using
usefulness
function

Verb

  1. To employ; to apply; to utilize.
    Use this knife to slice the bread.
    We can use this mathematical formula to solve the problem.
  2. To exhaust the supply of; to consume by employing
    They already used up most of the fuel.
  3. to perform habitually; to be accustomed [to doing something]
    He used to live here, but moved away last year.''

Translations

employ, apply

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Extensive Definition

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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