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use vb /juːz/(transitive)
  1. to put into service or action; employ for a given purpose: to use a spoon to stir with
  2. to make a practice or habit of employing; exercise: he uses his brain
  3. to behave towards
  4. to behave towards in a particular way for one's own ends: he uses people
  5. to consume, expend, or exhaust: the engine uses very little oil
  6. chiefly US Canadian to partake of (alcoholic drink, drugs, etc) or smoke (tobacco, marijuana, etc)
n /juːs/
  1. the act of using or the state of being used: the carpet wore out through constant use
  2. the ability, right, or permission to use
  3. the occasion to use; need: I have no use for this paper
  4. an instance or manner of using
  5. usefulness; advantage: it is of no use to complain
  6. custom; practice; habit: long use has inured him to it
  7. the purpose for which something is used; end
  8. a distinctive form of liturgical or ritual observance, esp one that is traditional in a Church or group of Churches
  9. the enjoyment of property, land, etc, by occupation or by deriving revenue or other benefit from it
  10. the beneficial enjoyment of property the legal title to which is held by another person as trustee
  11. have no use forto have no need of
  12. to have a contemptuous dislike for
  13. make use ofto employ; use
  14. to exploit (a person)

See also use upEtymology: 13th Century: from Old French user to use, from Latin ūsus having used, from ūtī to use



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