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.
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Idioms for use
- 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
usage note for use
OTHER WORDS FROM use
Words nearby use
British Dictionary definitions for use up (1 of 2)
verb (tr, adverb)
British Dictionary definitions for use up (2 of 2)
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
Idioms and Phrases with use up (1 of 2)
Consume completely, as in The kids used up all their money playing video games. [Late 1700s]
Exhaust, tire out, as in I'm totally used up from digging that hole. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with use up (2 of 2)
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.