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Idioms for use

Origin of use

First recorded in 1175–1225; (verb) Middle English usen, from Old French user, from Latin ūsus, past participle of ūtī “to use”; (noun) Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ūsus “act of using a thing, application, employment,” equivalent to ūt-, stem of ūtī “to use” + -tus suffix of verbal action, with tt becoming s

synonym study for use

1. Use, utilize mean to make something serve one's purpose. Use is the general word: to use a telephone; to use a saw and other tools; to use one's eyes; to use eggs in cooking. (What is used often has depreciated or been diminished, sometimes completely consumed: a used automobile; All the butter has been used. ) As applied to persons, use implies some selfish or sinister purpose: to use another to advance oneself. Utilize implies practical or profitable use: to utilize the means at hand, a modern system of lighting.

words often confused with use

See usage.

OTHER WORDS FROM use

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH use

1. use , utilize(see synonym study at the current entry); 2. use , usage(see usage note at the current entry).
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British Dictionary definitions for use

use

verb (juːz) (tr)

noun (juːs)

See also used to, use up

Word Origin for use

C13: from Old French user to use, from Latin ūsus having used, from ūtī to use
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Idioms and Phrases with use

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