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Meaning of usage

us•age

Pronunciation: (y'sij, -zij), [key]
— n.
  1. a customary way of doing something; a custom or practice: the usages of the last 50 years.
  2. the customary manner in which a language or a form of a language is spoken or written: English usage; a grammar based on usage rather than on arbitrary notions of correctness.
  3. a particular instance of this: a usage borrowed from French.
  4. any manner of doing or handling something; treatment: rough usage.
  5. habitual or customary use; long-continued practice: immemorial usage.
  6. an act of using or employing; use.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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