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 useshandling, help, service, practice, value, need, benefit, adoption, treatment, usage, operation, purpose, handle, control, adopt, run, work, wield, utilize, accept
Examples from the Web for uses
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of uses
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
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.