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.
to consume entirely.
to exhaust of vigor or usefulness; finish: By the end of the war he felt used up and sick of life.
Idioms about use
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!
- mul·ti·use, adjective
- non·use, noun
- non·us·ing, adjective
- re·use, verb, re·used, re·us·ing, noun
- un·der·use, verb (used with object), un·der·used, un·der·us·ing, noun
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How to use use in a sentence
Its use to reprogram cells to cure cancer is but one of many examples of how it will touch our lives.With CRISPR, humans can create their own evolutionary future | Adrian Woolfson | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
It also comes less than two weeks after Pfizer released efficacy data for its vaccine, and just days after releasing safety data — which suggests that fellow vaccine developer Moderna may apply for its emergency use authorization around Thanksgiving.Pfizer to apply for FDA emergency use authorization for coronavirus vaccine | Dan Primack | November 20, 2020 | Axios
These minor steps — they really are — create tech-free spaces at home without appreciably limiting tech use.Carolyn Hax: Cellphones push his buttons, and he pushes back | Carolyn Hax | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Federal officials said they would announce a final department policy on forensic genetic genealogy use in 2020 but no such policy has been released so far.Prince George’s will use DNA registries to solve cold cases through new DOJ grant | Katie Mettler | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
These are the two things — computer use and home improvement projects — that a recent article in Optometry Times pointed to as the source of pandemic ocular woes.The pandemic isn’t ending anytime soon. And our bodies are feeling the stress. | Petula Dvorak | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
But he, like many people using dating apps whatever their sexual identity, remains stoutly positive.
It is also important to avoid using the pope as part of a marketing strategy.Pope Francis Has the Pleasure of Meeting Angelina Jolie for a Few Seconds | Barbie Latza Nadeau | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Using standard methods, the cost of printing DNA could run upwards of a billion dollars or more, depending on the strand.
“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 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Jacob Siegel | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Roman Pane who accompanied Columbus on his second voyage alludes to another method of using the herb.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
In the first case “I” stands for the person using it, and in the last case it means the organ of sight.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
But what if I catch the fish by using a hired boat and a hired net, or by buying worms as bait from some one who has dug them?The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
Speaking with a certain dignity and using the language of the court, he said that they had not a moment to lose.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
We find by research that smoking was the most general mode of using tobacco in England when first introduced.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
British Dictionary definitions for use
to put into service or action; employ for a given purpose: to use a spoon to stir with
to make a practice or habit of employing; exercise: he uses his brain
to behave towards: to use a friend well
to behave towards in a particular way for one's own ends: he uses people
to consume, expend, or exhaust: the 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 used: the carpet wore out through constant use
the ability, right, or permission to use
the occasion to use; need: I have no use for this paper
an instance or manner of using
usefulness; advantage: it is of no use to complain
custom; practice; habit: long 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 mentioned: Compare 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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with use
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.
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