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/ ˈyu zər /
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a person or thing that uses.
a person who is addicted to or abuses a controlled substance or alcohol; one who uses illegal or addictive drugs, as in drug user.
Digital Technology. a person who uses a computer, device, or application: This interface should be more intuitive for users.
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Origin of user

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English usere; see use, -er1

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[ oo-zer ]
/ ˈu zər /

noun Law.
the exercise of a right to the enjoyment of property.

Origin of user

Noun use of Anglo-French user to use
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What is a user?

A user is someone or something that employs or puts someone or something into service, as in The instructions are written for users of the microwave.

In technology, a user is the person who uses a particular piece of hardware (such as a computer) or software (such as a website or app), as in Users complain about frequent updates.

User can also refer to someone who regularly takes illegal or addictive drugs. (The verb use can mean to regularly take such drugs, as in I stopped using five years ago.)

Example: The user should be able to send and receive messages quickly.

Where does user come from?

The first records of the term user come from around 1350. It combines use, meaning “to employ,” and the suffix -er, which creates nouns that are designated by their object.

A user is someone who uses something and is almost always said in reference to what they are using. There are a few special senses of user to be aware of.

Sometimes calling someone a user is meant to imply that the person “uses” people. That is, they manipulate or exploit other people for selfish reasons. In technology, a user profile is a page or account on social media or another web service that is owned by an individual. And in the law, a user is someone who expresses their right to make use of or enjoy property.

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How is user used in real life?

User is most often used to refer to someone who uses something. It can be used judgmentally if referring to someone who is addicted to drugs.



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A. buyer
B. seller
C. consumer
D. customer

How to use user in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for user

/ (ˈjuːzə) /

  1. the continued exercise, use, or enjoyment of a right, esp in property
  2. a presumptive right based on long-continued useright of user
(often in combination) a person or thing that usesa road-user
informal a drug addict
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