Definitions of use

  1. put into service; make work or employ ( something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; " use your head!"; " we only use Spanish at home"; " I can't make use of 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. avail oneself to; " apply a principle"; " practice a religion"; " use care when going down the stairs"; " use your common sense"; " practice non- violent resistance"
  3. ( economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing; " the consumption of energy has increased steadily"
  4. the act of using; " he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; " skilled in the utilization of computers"
  5. ( law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property; " we were given the use of his boat"
  6. what something is used for; " the function of an auger is to bore holes"; " ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
  7. a pattern of behavior acquired through frequent repetition; " she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; " long use had hardened him to it"
  8. take or consume ( regularly or habitually); " She uses drugs rarely"
  9. exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage; " his manipulation of his friends was scandalous"
  10. 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"
  11. a particular service; " he put his knowledge to good use"; " patrons have their uses"
  12. 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"
  13. use up, consume fully; " The legislature expended its time on school questions"
  14. Custom.
  15. The act of employing anything, or of applying it to one's service; the state of being so employed or applied; application; employment; conversion to some purpose; as, the use of a pen in writing; his machines are in general use.
  16. Occasion or need to employ; necessity; as, to have no further use for a book.
  17. Yielding of service; advantage derived; capability of being used; usefulness; utility.
  18. Continued or repeated practice; customary employment; usage; custom; manner; habit.
  19. Common occurrence; ordinary experience.
  20. The special form of ritual adopted for use in any diocese; as, the Sarum, or Canterbury, use; the Hereford use; the York use; the Roman use; etc.
  21. The premium paid for the possession and employment of borrowed money; interest; usury.
  22. The benefit or profit of lands and tenements. Use imports a trust and confidence reposed in a man for the holding of lands. He to whose use or benefit the trust is intended shall enjoy the profits. An estate is granted and limited to A for the use of B.
  23. A stab of iron welded to the side of a forging, as a shaft, near the end, and afterward drawn down, by hammering, so as to lengthen the forging.
  24. To make use of; to convert to one's service; to avail one's self of; to employ; to put a purpose; as, to use a plow; to use a chair; to use time; to use flour for food; to use water for irrigation.
  25. To behave toward; to act with regard to; to treat; as, to use a beast cruelly.
  26. To practice customarily; to make a practice of; as, to use diligence in business.
  27. The benefit or profit of lands and tenements. imports a trust and confidence reposed in a man for the holding of lands. He to whose use or benefit the trust is intended shall enjoy the profits. An estate is granted and limited to A for the use of B.
  28. To accustom; to habituate; to render familiar by practice; to inure; - employed chiefly in the passive participle; as, men used to cold and hunger; soldiers used to hardships and danger.
  29. To be wont or accustomed; to be in the habit or practice; as, he used to ride daily; - now disused in the present tense, perhaps because of the similarity in sound, between use to, and used to.
  30. To be accustomed to go; to frequent; to inhabit; to dwell; - sometimes followed by of.
  31. Serviceableness.
  32. The act of employing something; state of being employed; application of anything to a particular purpose; employment; custom or practice; practical worth; treatment; reason for employing.
  33. To employ; to apply to a special purpose; for a time, as property; to treat; to make accustomed: chiefly in the passive voice and followed by to; as, the dog is used to kind treatment.
  34. To be accustomed: only in past; as, they used to go to the mountains.
  35. Used.
  36. Using.
  37. To put to some purpose: to avail one's self of: to habituate: to treat or behave toward.
  38. To be accustomed.
  39. Act of using or putting to a purpose: convenience: employment: need: advantage: practice: custom.
  40. Act of using; employment; need; advantage; practice; custom.
  41. To put to a purpose; employ; avail one's self of; consume; habituate; treat.
  42. To make use of; put into practise; treat; accustom.
  43. The act of using; application to an end.
  44. Necessity.
  45. Purpose; employment; application of anything to a purpose, good or bad; utility; occasion to employ; continued practice; premium paid for borrowed money; the benefit or profit of lands and tenements. In use, in employment; in customary practice or observance.
  46. To make use of or employ; to waste or exhaust by employment; to accustom; to habituate; to treat; to practise systematically.
  47. To be accustomed to; to practise customarily; to be wont; to frequent; to inhabit.
  48. State of being employed to any purpose; occasion or need to employ; the quality which makes a thing proper for a purpose; benefit; advantage; habit; in law, profit; benefit.
  49. To employ; to apply or handle for some purpose; to consume to accustom; to render familiar by practice; to be accustomed; to be wont.

Usage examples for use

  1. Of what use would it be to me? – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. Do you think I shall be of any use to you when I get there? – Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands by Mary Seacole Commentator: W. H. Russell
  3. To this they answer: No use! – Jeremiah by George Adam Smith
  4. But of what use if we did? – The White Invaders by Raymond King Cummings
  5. Use me, for I am ready!" – The White Wolf and Other Fireside Tales by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  6. " No use for you to stay here," he told us. – The White Invaders by Raymond King Cummings
  7. " It is of no use, dear," he said, at last. – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  8. We may not see the use of them yet, but no doubt some day they will come true." – Moonshine & Clover by Laurence Housman
  9. " We don't use it much. – Love of Brothers by Katharine Tynan
  10. Some use that way. – The Yellow God An Idol of Africa by H. Rider Haggard
  11. I shall be glad to use it. – The Valley of the Giants by Peter B. Kyne
  12. As if it could be of any use now! – Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood by George MacDonald
  13. What was the use of anything? – The Promised Land by Mary Antin
  14. " No- yes- what's the use . – The Girl of the Golden West by David Belasco
  15. Sid'll let us use it. – Space Platform by Murray Leinster
  16. It was no use to her and I loved it. – Mrs. Geoffrey by Duchess
  17. Do you know what use they mean to make of it? – A Rogue by Compulsion by Victor Bridges
  18. " It's no use, Mrs. Appleyard," he said. – In the Mayor's Parlour by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
  19. Of what use was it all? – Stories from the Italian Poets: With Lives of the Writers, Vol. 2 by Leigh Hunt
  20. No, I don't think it was no use. – Rosy by Mrs. Molesworth