Meaning of use
Pronunciation: (v.yz or, for pt. form of 9, ystn.ys), [key]
— v., n. used, us•ing,
- 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:consideration. He did not use his employees with much
- 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.
- to practice habitually or customarily; make a practice of.
- 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.
- to resort, stay, or dwell customarily.
- By the end of the war he felt used up and sick of life.
- 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.
- 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.
- the distinctive form of ritual or of any liturgical observance used in a particular church, diocese, community, etc.
- usual or customary experience.
- She appears to have no use for the city.
- 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.
- to use for one's own purposes; employ: Charitable organizations will make use of your old furniture and clothing.
- of no advantage or help: It's of no use to look for that missing earring. It's no use asking her to go.
- to apply; employ to advantage: What a shame that no one has put that old deserted mansion to use!
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