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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
See usage.
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


verb (juːz) (tr)

noun (juːs)

See also used to, use up
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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