use: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (v.yz or, for pt. form of 9, ystn.ys), [key]
— v., n. used, us•ing,
  1. to employ for some purpose; put into service; make use of: to use a knife.
  2. to avail oneself of; apply to one's own purposes: to use the facilities.
  3. to expend or consume in use: We have used the money provided.
  4. to treat or behave toward:consideration. He did not use his employees with much
  5. to take unfair advantage of; exploit: to use people to gain one's own ends.
  6. to drink, smoke, or ingest habitually: to use drugs.
  7. to habituate or accustom.
  8. to practice habitually or customarily; make a practice of.
  1. 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.
  2. to resort, stay, or dwell customarily.
  3. By the end of the war he felt used up and sick of life.
    1. to consume entirely.
    2. to exhaust of vigor or usefulness; finish:By the end of the war he felt used up and sick of life.
  1. the act of employing, using, or putting into service: the use of tools.
  2. the state of being employed or used.
  3. an instance or way of employing or using something: proper use of the tool; the painter's use of color.
  4. a way of being employed or used; a purpose for which something is used: He was of temporary use. The instrument has different uses.
  5. 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.
  6. service or advantage in or for being employed or used; utility or usefulness: of no practical use.
  7. help; profit; resulting good: What's the use of pursuing the matter?
  8. occasion or need, as for something to be employed or used: Would you have any use for another calendar?
  9. continued, habitual, or customary employment or practice; custom: to follow the prevailing use of such occasions.
    1. the enjoyment of property, as by the employment, occupation, or exercise of it.
    2. the benefit or profit of lands and tenements in the possession of another who simply holds them for the beneficiary.
    3. the equitable ownership of land to which the legal title is in another's name.
  10. the distinctive form of ritual or of any liturgical observance used in a particular church, diocese, community, etc.
  11. usual or customary experience.
  12. She appears to have no use for the city.
    1. to have no occasion or need for:She appears to have no use for the city.
    2. to refuse to tolerate; discount:He had no use for his brother.
    3. to have a distaste for; dislike:He has no use for dictators.
  13. to use for one's own purposes; employ: Charitable organizations will make use of your old furniture and clothing.
  14. of no advantage or help: It's of no use to look for that missing earring. It's no use asking her to go.
  15. to apply; employ to advantage: What a shame that no one has put that old deserted mansion to use!
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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