- to employ for some purpose; put into service; make use of: to use a knife.
- to avail oneself of; apply to one's own purposes: to use the facilities.
- to expend or consume in use: We have used the money provided.
- to treat or behave toward: He did not use his employees with much consideration.
- to take unfair advantage of; exploit: to use people to gain one's own ends.
- to drink, smoke, or ingest habitually: to use drugs.
- to habituate or accustom.
- Archaic. to practice habitually or customarily; make a practice of.
- to be accustomed or customarily found (used with an infinitive expressed or understood, and, except in archaic use, now only in the past): He used to go every day.
- Archaic. to resort, stay, or dwell customarily.
- the act of employing, using, or putting into service: the use of tools.
- the state of being employed or used.
- an instance or way of employing or using something: proper use of the tool; the painter's use of color.
- a way of being employed or used; a purpose for which something is used: He was of temporary use. The instrument has different uses.
- the power, right, or privilege of employing or using something: to lose the use of the right eye; to be denied the use of a library card.
- service or advantage in or for being employed or used; utility or usefulness: of no practical use.
- help; profit; resulting good: What's the use of pursuing the matter?
- occasion or need, as for something to be employed or used: Would you have any use for another calendar?
- continued, habitual, or customary employment or practice; custom: to follow the prevailing use of such occasions.
- 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.
- Liturgy. the distinctive form of ritual or of any liturgical observance used in a particular church, diocese, community, etc.
- usual or customary experience.
- use up,
- to consume entirely.
- to exhaust of vigor or usefulness; finish: By the end of the war he felt used up and sick of life.
- have no use for,
- 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.
- make use of, to use for one's own purposes; employ: Charitable organizations will make use of your old furniture and clothing.
- of no use, of no advantage or help: It's of no use to look for that missing earring. It's no use asking her to go.Also no use.
- put to use, to apply; employ to advantage: What a shame that no one has put that old deserted mansion to use!
Origin of use
SynonymsSee more synonyms for use on Thesaurus.com
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’
January 6, 2015
He uses some combination of the words comfort or discomfort in regards to how he feels about situations over 30 times.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
December 24, 2014
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
December 21, 2014
But as a lawyer, she uses law to contribute to their protection.The Straight Hero of Cameroon’s Gays
December 10, 2014
Actually, sexually assaulted is the term she uses now, but Dunham doesn't directly describe it as such in the book.The Right's Rape Trolls vs. Lena Dunham
December 10, 2014
Lastly, it does not run counter to man's economic laws; it only uses and transcends them.The Conquest of Fear
Langen too uses the knife, but with a certain judicious restraint.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
Every housewife who uses a teakettle is familiar with this condition.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
We call ours a utilitarian age, and we do not know the uses of any single thing.De Profundis
But it is offensive to man, insulting to the atmosphere, and destructive of him who uses it.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
- to put into service or action; employ for a given purposeto use a spoon to stir with
- to make a practice or habit of employing; exercisehe uses his brain
- to behave towardsto use a friend well
- to behave towards in a particular way for one's own endshe uses people
- to consume, expend, or exhaustthe engine uses very little oil
- mainly US and Canadian to partake of (alcoholic drink, drugs, etc) or smoke (tobacco, marijuana, etc)
- the act of using or the state of being usedthe carpet wore out through constant use
- the ability, right, or permission to use
- the occasion to use; needI have no use for this paper
- an instance or manner of using
- usefulness; advantageit is of no use to complain
- custom; practice; habitlong use has inured him to it
- the purpose for which something is used; end
- Christianity a distinctive form of liturgical or ritual observance, esp one that is traditional in a Church or group of Churches
- the enjoyment of property, land, etc, by occupation or by deriving revenue or other benefit from it
- law the beneficial enjoyment of property the legal title to which is held by another person as trustee
- law an archaic word for trust (def. 7)
- philosophy logic linguistics the occurrence of an expression in such a context that it performs its own linguistic function rather than being itself referred to. In " Fido " refers to Fido, the name Fido is 'used' only on the second occurrence, first being mentionedCompare mention (def. 7) See also material mode
- have no use for
- to have no need of
- to have a contemptuous dislike for
- make use of
- to employ; use
- to exploit (a person)
Word Origin and History for uses
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.)).
Idioms and Phrases with uses
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.