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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
use /v. yuz or, for pt. form of9, yust; n. yus/USA pronunciation
v., used, us•ing, n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
[~ + object] to employ for some purpose:to use a knife to cut the meat.
[~ + object] to apply (something) to one's own purposes:to use the bathroom.
to consume, expend, or exhaust: [~ ( + up) + object]We've used (up) the money.[~ + object + (up)]We've used the money (up).
[~ + object] to treat or behave toward:He used his employees well.
[~ + object] to take unfair advantage of; exploit:was just using him for his money and social contacts.
[~ + object] to consume or take habitually:to use drugs.
[past tense of use + to + verb] to be customarily found doing (expresses habitual or customary actions in the past):He used to go to school every day.
[uncountable] the act of using or the state of being used.
[countable] an instance or way of using something:a painter's use of color.
[countable] a way of being used; a purpose for which something is used:Describe some of the uses of a wrench.
[uncountable] the power, right, or privilege of using something:to lose the use of an eye.
[uncountable] utility; usefulness:of no practical use.
advantage:What's the use of complaining?
[uncountable] need:Have you any use for another calendar?
us•er, n. [countable]
have no use for, [have no + ~ + for + object]
- to feel intolerant of:to have no use for petty thieves.
- in use, being used:The laboratory is in use.
- Idiomsmake use of, [~ + object] to use, esp. effectively; employ:He makes use of his purchases.
- Idiomsput to use, [put + object + to + ~] to find a function for;
utilize:He puts his computer to good use.
(v. yo̅o̅z or, for pt. form of 9, yo̅o̅st;n. yo̅o̅s), v., used, us•ing, n.
to employ for some purpose;
put into service;
make use of:to use a knife.
to avail oneself of; apply to one's own purposes:to use the facilities.
to expend or consume in use:We have used the money provided.
to treat or behave toward:He did not use his employees with muchconsideration.
to take unfair advantage of; exploit:to use people to gain one's own ends.
to drink, smoke, or ingest habitually:to use drugs.
to habituate or accustom.
[Archaic.]to practice habitually or customarily; make a practice of.
to be accustomed, wont, or customarily found (used with an infinitive expressed or understood, and, except in archaic use, now only in the past):He used to go every day.
[Archaic.]to resort, stay, or dwell customarily.
the act of employing, using, or putting into service:the use of tools.
the state of being employed or used.
an instance or way of employing or using something:proper use of the tool; the painter's use of color.
a way of being employed or used;
- to exhaust of vigor or usefulness;
finish:By the end of the war he felt used up and sick of life.
a purpose for which something is used:He was of temporary use. The instrument has different uses.
the power, right, or privilege of employing or using something:to lose the use of the right eye; to be denied the use of a library card.
service or advantage in or for being employed or used;
utility or usefulness:of no practical use.
resulting good:What's the use of pursuing the matter?
occasion or need, as for something to be employed or used:Would you have any use for another calendar?
continued, habitual, or customary employment or practice; custom:to follow the prevailing use of such occasions.
- the enjoyment of property, as by the employment, occupation, or exercise of it.
- the benefit or profit of lands and tenements in the possession of another who simply holds them for the beneficiary.
[Liturgy.]the distinctive form of ritual or of any liturgical observance used in a particular church, diocese, community, etc.
usual or customary experience.
have no use for:
- the equitable ownership of land to which the legal title is in another's name.
- to have no occasion or need for:She appears to have no use for the city.
- to refuse to tolerate; discount:He had no use for his brother.
make use of, to use for one's own purposes; employ:Charitable organizations will make use of your old furniture and clothing.
of no use, of no advantage or help:It's of no use to look for that missing earring. It's no use asking her to go.Also,no use.
put to use, to apply; employ to advantage:What a shame that no one has put that old deserted mansion to use!
- to have a distaste for;
dislike:He has no use for dictators.
Use, utilize mean to make something serve one's purpose. Use is the general word:to use a telephone; to use a saw and other tools;
- Latin ūsus act of using a thing, application, employment, equivalent. to ūt-, stem of ūtī to use + -tus suffix of verb, verbal action, with tt s
- Old French
- Latin ūsus, past participle of ūtī to use; (noun, nominal) Middle English
- Old French user
- (verb, verbal) Middle English usen 1175–1225
to use one's eyes;
to use eggs in cooking.(What is used often has depreciated or been diminished, sometimes completely consumed:a used automobile; All the butter has been used.) As applied to persons, use implies some selfish or sinister purpose:to use another to advance oneself.Utilize implies practical or profitable use:to utilize the means at hand, a modern system of lighting.3 . exhaust, waste.7 . familiarize, inure.13 . employment, utilization, application, exercise.14 . handling.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
use vb /juːz/(transitive)
- to put into service or action; employ for a given purpose: to use a spoon to stir with
- to make a practice or habit of employing; exercise: he uses his brain
- to behave towards
- to behave towards in a particular way for one's own ends: he uses people
- to consume, expend, or exhaust: the engine uses very little oil
- chiefly US Canadian to partake of (alcoholic drink, drugs, etc) or smoke (tobacco, marijuana, etc)
See also use upEtymology: 13th Century: from Old French user to use, from Latin ūsus having used, from ūtī to use
- the act of using or the state of being used: the carpet wore out through constant use
- the ability, right, or permission to use
- the occasion to use; need: I have no use for this paper
- an instance or manner of using
- usefulness; advantage: it is of no use to complain
- custom; practice; habit: long use has inured him to it
- the purpose for which something is used; end
- a distinctive form of liturgical or ritual observance, esp one that is traditional in a Church or group of Churches
- the enjoyment of property, land, etc, by occupation or by deriving revenue or other benefit from it
- the beneficial enjoyment of property the legal title to which is held by another person as trustee
- have no use for ⇒ to have no need of
- to have a contemptuous dislike for
- make use of ⇒ to employ; use
- to exploit (a person)