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.
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Idioms for use
- 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
words often confused with use
OTHER WORDS FROM use
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|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|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|DAILY BEAST
Roman Pane who accompanied Columbus on his second voyage alludes to another method of using the herb.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for use
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
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.