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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.

  • n. 
  • [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.
  • [uncountable] help;
    resulting good;
    advantage:What's the use of complaining?
  • [uncountable] need:Have you any use for another calendar?
  • idiom
      have no use for, [have no + ~ + for + object]
      • to have no need for.
      • to feel intolerant of:to have no use for petty thieves.
    1. in use, being used:The laboratory is in use.
    2. Idiomsmake use of, [+ object] to use, esp. effectively; employ:He makes use of his purchases.
    3. Idiomsput to use, [put + object + to + ~] to find a function for;
      utilize:He puts his computer to good use.

    us•er, n. [countable]

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    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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