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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.
[~ + 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.
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)