- a customary way of doing something; a custom or practice: the usages of the last 50 years.
- 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.
- a particular instance of this: a usage borrowed from French.
- any manner of doing or handling something; treatment: rough usage.
- habitual or customary use; long-continued practice: immemorial usage.
- an act of using or employing; use.
Origin of usage
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1. tradition, habit, convention.
The nouns usage and use are related in origin and meaning and to some extent overlap in their use. Usage usually refers to habitual or customary practices or procedures: Some usages of the Anglican Church are similar to those of the Roman Catholic Church. It is also commonly used in reference to language practices: English usage is divided in the pronunciation of aunt. Use refers to the act of using or employing (something): She put her extra money to good use. Perhaps in the belief that it is the more impressive term, usage is sometimes used where use would be more natural: Has your usage of a personal computer made the work any easier?
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- the act or a manner of using; use; employment
- constant use, custom, or habit
- something permitted or established by custom or practice
- what is actually said in a language, esp as contrasted with what is prescribed
C14: via Old French, from Latin ūsus use (n)
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Word Origin and History for non-usage
c.1300, "established practice, custom," from Anglo-French and Old French usage "custom, habit, experience," from us, from Latin usus "use, custom" (see use (v.)).
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