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 uses
Note: UNICOR uses its inmates for everything from call center operators to human demolishers of old computers.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’|Michael Howard|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He uses some combination of the words comfort or discomfort in regards to how he feels about situations over 30 times.
I'm just not sure that the formula continues to work for us at 50 given other uses we might have for that money.Inside Sony’s ‘Pineapple Express 2 Drama’: Leaked Emails Reveal Fight Over Stoner Comedy Sequel|William Boot|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But as a lawyer, she uses law to contribute to their protection.
Actually, sexually assaulted is the term she uses now, but Dunham doesn't directly describe it as such in the book.
He expatiated with great profoundness and fertility of ideas, on the uses to which a faculty like this might be employed.Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist|Charles Brockden Brown
In room after room automatons demonstrated how to dress correctly; robot faces displayed the uses of cosmetics.Love Story|Irving E. Cox, Jr.
The following are the ideas which I should seek to develop: Property is justified by its uses.The Moral Instruction of Children|Felix Adler
Commonly, when dining, the squirrel goes to his granary or storage place and uses this for a dining room.Watched by Wild Animals|Enos A. Mills
The Indian also, when forced to it, uses means of getting his bearings which only Indians and veteran woodsmen know how to use.Woodcraft|E. H. (Elmer Harry) Kreps
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.)).
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.