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
Examples from the Web for use
There is no such thing as speech so hateful or offensive it somehow “justifies” or “legitimizes” the use of violence.
In Israel, however, a new law took effect January 1st that banned the use of underweight models.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In the meantime, Epstein has tried to use his charitable projects to float him back to the top.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking|M.L. Nestel|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And in order for them to realize their vision, they are willing to use any means.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Following the Apatow references, Marge informs Homer that she needs to use the “Porta Potty.”Here’s the Lost Judd Apatow ‘Simpsons’ Episode, Penned by Judd Apatow|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They use these almadias for catching fish, and for transporting themselves up or down the river.
Many say that the use of opium is no evil, but those who say that have never known India, or else they are blind.Letters of a Javanese Princess|Raden Adjeng Kartini
Human nature is a hateful, ugly thing; there is no use in thinking about it.The Good Comrade|Una L. Silberrad
It'd take all he's worth to feed him through the winter, and he'd be no use to you at all.The Hills of Desire|Richard Aumerle Maher
A few copies of these letters were printed for the use of the Abbotsford Club.The Book-Hunter|John Hill Burton
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
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.)).
early 13c., from Old French us, from Latin usus "use, custom, skill, habit," from past participle stem of uti (see use (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.