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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
use /v. yuz or, for pt. form of 9, yust; n. yus/USA pronunciation   v., used, us•ing, n. 

  • to employ for some purpose[+ object]to use a knife to cut the meat.
  • to apply (something) to one's own purposes[+ object]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).
  • to treat or behave toward[+ object]He used his employees well.
  • to take unfair advantage of; exploit[+ object]was just using him for his money and social contacts.
  • to consume or take habitually[+ object]to use drugs.
  • to be customarily found doing (expresses habitual or customary actions in the past)[past tense of use + to + verb]He used to go to school every day.

  • n. 
  • [uncountable] the act of using or the state of being used.
  • an instance or way of using something[countable]a painter's use of color.
  • a way of being used; a purpose for which something is used[countable]Describe some of the uses of a wrench.
  • the power, right, or privilege of using something[uncountable]to lose the use of an eye.
  • utility; usefulness[uncountable]of no practical use.
  • help;
    resulting good;
    advantage[uncountable]What's the use of complaining?
  • need[uncountable]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]

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    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.

  • v.i. 
  • 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.
  • use up: 
      • to consume entirely.
      • to exhaust of vigor or usefulness;
        finish:By the end of the war he felt used up and sick of life.

  • 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;
    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.
  • help; profit;
    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.
  • [Law.]
      • 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.
      • the equitable ownership of land to which the legal title is in another's name.
  • [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: 
      • 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.
      • to have a distaste for;
        dislike:He has no use for dictators.
  • 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!
  • Etymology:
    • 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
    1 . 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;
    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.
    See usage. 

    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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