Origin of used
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.
Origin of use
Examples from the Web for used
That strategy has been used in some cases to help determine GMO policy.
They just reflect the range of breeds that were used to create the Heck cattle in the first instance.
It upsets me because I used to really, and still do sometimes, love the articles Salon writes.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire|William O’Connor|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It used to carry livestock but sailed its final voyage with a hold full of Syrian men, women, and children.
He used to drive her to school once he came home from the Marines.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It was laid out here to be used for the new surplice for His Eminence.Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays|Various
Great care is used in cleaning substances to be plated, all dirt and grease being carefully removed.Things a Boy Should Know About Electricity|Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
This excellent cake requires no shortening, as cream is used.
If necessary, the whip may be used, by gentle touches upon the left shoulder.The Lady and Her Horse|T. A. Jenkins
There used to be many strawberries growing there, and I think we can find some to-day.Six Little Bunkers at Grandma Bell's|Laura Lee Hope
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
In addition to the idiom beginning with used
- used to
- it takes getting used to
Also see underuse.
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.