verb (used with object), used, us·ing.
verb (used without object), used, us·ing.
- the enjoyment of property, as by the employment, occupation, or exercise of it.
- the benefit or profit of lands and tenements in the possession of another who simply holds them for the beneficiary.
- the equitable ownership of land to which the legal title is in another's name.
- to consume entirely.
- to exhaust of vigor or usefulness; finish: By the end of the war he felt used up and sick of life.
- to have no occasion or need for: She appears to have no use for the city.
- to refuse to tolerate; discount: He had no use for his brother.
- to have a distaste for; dislike: He has no use for dictators.
Origin of use
Synonyms for use
Examples from the Web for reuse
Contemporary Examples of reuse
Did the producers just reuse the Von Trapp children from last year and hope that no one would notice?‘Peter Pan Live!’ Review: No Amount of Clapping Brings It to Life
December 5, 2014
I remember how we had to reuse the wrinkled brown paper lunch bags with our names on them week after week.Remembering Ma Laureys, the Mother of 10 Christie Slandered to Win His First Election
January 23, 2014
But this is the equivalent of sending out a memo urging employees to reuse paper clips.Apple’s Dumb Penny-Pinching
August 3, 2013
You can reuse the syrup to sweeten tea or make another batch of apple chips.Fresh Picks
September 15, 2011
Historical Examples of reuse
For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work.Little Brother
Astronauts will not be able to take large supplies of food on their voyages and probably will have to reuse what they do take.
Ways to conserve and reuse water, together with economical desalting of sea water, will be essential in the decades ahead.
Notice — For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work.Makers
As sawdust of such fineness is expensive, it is desirable to purify it in order to reuse it.
verb (riːˈjuːz) (tr)
verb (juːz) (tr)
- to have no need of
- to have a contemptuous dislike for
- to employ; use
- to exploit (a person)
Word Origin for use
early 13c., from Old French us, from Latin usus "use, custom, skill, habit," from past participle stem of uti (see use (v.)).
mid-13c., from Old French user "use, employ, practice," from Vulgar Latin *usare "use," frequentative form of past participle stem of Latin uti "to use," in Old Latin oeti "use, employ, exercise, perform," of unknown origin. Related: Used; using. Replaced Old English brucan (see brook (v.)).
In addition to the idioms beginning with use
- used to
- use one's head
- use up
- have no use for
- make use of
- no use
- put to good use
Also see underused.