- 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 using
Using standard methods, the cost of printing DNA could run upwards of a billion dollars or more, depending on the strand.Design Your Own Dinosaur: The Era of Custom DNA
January 8, 2015
“You are applying Western metrics to someone who is not using that metric against you,” referring to ISIS, Bolger said.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
In 2007 he said he had discovered a cure for AIDS using natural herbs.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
The first thing they told us was that the traffickers are now using Turkish ports, which are relatively easy to reach from Syria.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
Young, hip, urban millennials are using tools like Instagram to become one of the fastest growing travel markets.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement
January 4, 2015
Then he would have the double satisfaction of using the boat and disappointing Robert.Brave and Bold
"Listen, Dick," said he, using the familiar name for the first time.Viviette
William J. Locke
"Don't put me in the hole," said Moxy, now using the definite article.Weighed and Wanting
In using this device, only a coal or a wood stove is practical.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
She sat with her head turned away, using her handkerchief stealthily.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- 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 using
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 using
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.