- 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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Examples from the Web for usage
In The Sense of Style, Steven Pinker settles a war among the scolds with a sensible approach to usage.Go Ahead, End With a Preposition: Grammar Rules We All Can Live With
November 3, 2014
Recently, it has started to climb to a recent all-time high of 10 percent usage.Forget The Pill, IUD Is The New Queen of Birth Control
May 30, 2014
Four broke off Ambien usage after experiencing impaired concentration, continuing or aggravated depression, and manic reaction.Is the ‘Ambien Defense’ Total Bullsh*t?
April 15, 2014
So if a device can help make a significant dent in usage, it can save a lot of watts, a lot of money, and a lot of emissions.
Nest aggregates the data collects and provides a free monthly report that allows energy geeks to track their usage.
This usage, cousin Clary, was not till all other means were tried with you.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
That is a name for our habitation, which has since grown up into usage.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
Language has many varieties of usage: grammar tries to reduce them to a single one.Cratylus
In conformity with Oriental usage, the congregation was divided according to the sexes.Byeways in Palestine
What was the origin and significance of the usage to which allusion is here made?
- 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
Word Origin and History for 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.)).