Synonyms of use


1. use, usage, utilization, utilisation, employment, exercise, activity

usage: the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers"

2. function, purpose, role, use, utility, usefulness

usage: what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"

3. use, utility, usefulness

usage: a particular service; "he put his knowledge to good use"; "patrons have their uses"

4. consumption, economic consumption, usance, use, use of goods and services, demand

usage: (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing; "the consumption of energy has increased steadily"

5. habit, use, custom, usage, usance

usage: (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition; "owls have nocturnal habits"; "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use had hardened him to it"

6. manipulation, use, influence

usage: exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage; "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous"

7. use, enjoyment, legal right

usage: (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property; "we were given the use of his boat"


1. use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ

usage: put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer"

2. use, habituate, consume, ingest, take in, take, have

usage: take or consume (regularly or habitually); "She uses drugs rarely"

3. use, expend

usage: use up, consume fully; "The legislature expended its time on school questions"

4. use, exploit, work

usage: seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage; "She uses her influential friends to get jobs"; "The president's wife used her good connections"

5. practice, apply, use

usage: avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"

6. use, act, move

usage: habitually do something (use only in the past tense); "She used to call her mother every week but now she calls only occasionally"; "I used to get sick when I ate in that dining hall"; "They used to vacation in the Bahamas"

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Definition and meaning of use (Dictionary)