Definitions for usageˈyu sɪdʒ, -zɪdʒ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

us•age*ˈyu sɪdʒ, -zɪdʒ(n.)

  1. a customary way of doing something; a custom or practice.

  2. the customary manner in which a language or a form of a language is spoken or written:

    a grammar based on usage rather than on arbitrary notions of correctness.

  3. a particular instance of this:

    a usage borrowed from French.

  4. any manner of doing or handling something; treatment:

    rough usage.

  5. habitual or customary use; long-continued practice.

  6. an act of using or employing; use.

* Usage: The nouns usage and use are related in origin and meaning and to some extent overlap in their use. use is more common. Perhaps in the belief that it is the more impressive term, usage is sometimes used where use would be the appropriate choice: Has your usage of a personal computer made the work any easier?

Origin of usage:

1250–1300; ME < AF, OF < ML ūsāticum, der. of L ūsus (see use )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. use, usage, utilization, utilisation, employment, exercise(noun)

    the act of using

    "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers"

  2. custom, usage, usance(noun)

    accepted or habitual practice

  3. usage(noun)

    the customary manner in which a language (or a form of a language) is spoken or written

    "English usage"; "a usage borrowed from French"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. usage(noun)ˈyu sɪdʒ, -zɪdʒ

    the way words are used in a language

    examples of informal usage in English; unusual usages

  2. usageˈyu sɪdʒ, -zɪdʒ

    the process of using sth, or the amount used

    electricity usage


  1. usage(Noun)

    The manner or the amount of using; use

  2. usage(Noun)

    Habit or accepted practice

  3. usage(Noun)

    The ways and contexts in which spoken and written words are used, determined by a lexicographer's intuition or from corpus analysis.

  4. Origin: From and usage.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Usage(noun)

    the act of using; mode of using or treating; treatment; conduct with respect to a person or a thing; as, good usage; ill usage; hard usage

  2. Usage(noun)

    manners; conduct; behavior

  3. Usage(noun)

    long-continued practice; customary mode of procedure; custom; habitual use; method

  4. Usage(noun)

    customary use or employment, as of a word or phrase in a particular sense or signification

  5. Usage(noun)


The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. usage

    The consecration in time of something that was originally absurd.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'usage' in Nouns Frequency: #2533

Anagrams of usage

  1. agues, gause

Translations for usage

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a way of behaving that has become usual; (an) established custom

Shaking hands when meeting people is a normal convention in many countries; He does not care about convention.

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