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
Related Words for use upsuffer, squander, drop, fail, waste, surrender, forget, mar, impoverish, wreck, overwhelm, injure, shatter, exhaust, demolish, crush, decimate, wrack, deplete, spoil
verb (tr, adverb)
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.)).
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]
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.