Definitions for useyuz or, for pt. form of 9 , yust; yus

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

use*yuz or, for pt. form of 9 , yust; yus(v.; n.)used, us•ing

  1. (v.t.)to employ for some purpose; put into service:

    to use a knife.

  2. to avail oneself of; apply to one's own purposes:

    to use the facilities.

  3. to consume, expend, or exhaust (often fol. by up).

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. to treat or behave toward:

    He used his employees well.

  5. to take unfair advantage of; exploit.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. to drink, smoke, or ingest habitually:

    to use drugs.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. to habituate or accustom.

  8. (v.i.)to be accustomed, wont, 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.

  9. Archaic. to resort, stay, or dwell customarily.

  10. (n.)the act of using or the state of being used.

  11. an instance or way of using something:

    a painter's use of color.

  12. a way of being used; a purpose for which something is used.

  13. the power, right, or privilege of using something:

    to lose the use of an eye.

  14. service or advantage in or for being used; utility or usefulness:

    of no practical use.

  15. help; profit; resulting good:

    What's the use of complaining?

  16. occasion or need, as for something to be used:

    Have you any use for another calendar?

  17. continued, habitual, or customary employment or practice; custom.

  18. Law. the enjoyment of property, as by occupation or employment of it. the benefits or profits of property held by another for the beneficiary.

    Category: Law

  19. the distinctive form of ritual or of any liturgical observance used in a particular church, diocese, community, etc.

    Category: Religion

Idioms for use:

  1. have no use for, to have no need for. to feel intolerant of or indifferent to: to have a strong distaste for; dislike intensely:

    to have no use for one's employees.

    to have no use for cheating.

    Category: Idiom

  2. make use of, to use, esp. effectively; employ.

    Category: Idiom

  3. put to use, to find a function for; utilize.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: use , utilize mean to put something into action or service. use is a general word referring to the application of something to a given purpose: to use a telephone.use may also imply that the thing is consumed or diminished in the process: I used all the butter. When applied to persons, use implies a selfish or sinister purpose: He used his friend to advance himself.utilize , a more formal word, implies practical, profitable, or creative use: to utilize solar energy to run a machine.

Origin of use:

1175–1225; (v.) ME < OF user < L ūsus, ptp. of ūtī to use; (n.) ME < OF < L ūsus act of using a thing, application, employment

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. function, purpose, role, use(noun)

    what something is used for

    "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"

  3. use(noun)

    a particular service

    "he put his knowledge to good use"; "patrons have their uses"

  4. consumption, economic consumption, usance, use, use of goods and services(noun)

    (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing

    "the consumption of energy has increased steadily"

  5. habit, use(noun)

    (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition

    "owls have nocturnal habits"; "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use had hardened him to it"

  6. manipulation, use(noun)

    exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage

    "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous"

  7. use, enjoyment(verb)

    (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property

    "we were given the use of his boat"

  8. use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ(verb)

    put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

    "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer"

  9. use, habituate(verb)

    take or consume (regularly or habitually)

    "She uses drugs rarely"

  10. use, expend(verb)

    use up, consume fully

    "The legislature expended its time on school questions"

  11. use(verb)

    seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage

    "She uses her influential friends to get jobs"; "The president's wife used her good connections"

  12. practice, apply, use(verb)

    avail oneself to

    "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"

  13. use(verb)

    habitually do something (use only in the past tense)

    "She used to call her mother every week but now she calls only occasionally"; "I used to get sick when I ate in that dining hall"; "They used to vacation in the Bahamas"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. use(verb)v. yuz or, for pt. form of 9, yust; n. yus

    to do sth with an object, device, area, etc.

    She used the rock to break the window.; a tool that can be used for many purposes; The room is used as an office.

  2. usev. yuz or, for pt. form of 9, yust; n. yus

    to do sth with a particular method, idea, service, etc.

    I use yoga to help patients relax.; Thousands of customers use our delivery service.

  3. usev. yuz or, for pt. form of 9, yust; n. yus

    to take a particular amount from a supply

    Can I use some of your sunscreen?

  4. usev. yuz or, for pt. form of 9, yust; n. yus

    to say or write a particular word, phrase, etc.

    He used the word "unfair" to describe the situation.

  5. usev. yuz or, for pt. form of 9, yust; n. yus

    to treat sb badly in order to get sth for yourself

    She's just using him to become popular.

  6. usev. yuz or, for pt. form of 9, yust; n. yus

    to take illegal drugs

    to use heroin/cocaine; I'd been using for ten years.

  7. usev. yuz or, for pt. form of 9, yust; n. yus

    indicates sb needs or wants sth

    I could use a drink.; They could use some training.

  8. use(noun)v. yuz or, for pt. form of 9, yust; n. yus

    a purpose that sth has, or the way sth can be used

    a new technology with several uses; the monkey's use of the rock as a tool

  9. usev. yuz or, for pt. form of 9, yust; n. yus


    The old computers might be of use to us.

  10. usev. yuz or, for pt. form of 9, yust; n. yus

    not useful

    The empty ones are no use to us.

  11. usev. yuz or, for pt. form of 9, yust; n. yus

    to not need sth

    He has no use for all those tools.

  12. usev. yuz or, for pt. form of 9, yust; n. yus

    to use

    I can make use of any boxes you don't want.; The homeless shelter can put these blankets to good use.

  13. usev. yuz or, for pt. form of 9, yust; n. yus

    the act of using sth

    the use of chemicals as fertilizers; products that are thrown away after a single use

  14. usev. yuz or, for pt. form of 9, yust; n. yus

    being used

    a building that is no longer in use

  15. usev. yuz or, for pt. form of 9, yust; n. yus

    the right to use sth

    residents' use of the park

  16. usev. yuz or, for pt. form of 9, yust; n. yus

    the ability to use a part of your body

    She lost the use of one arm.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Use(verb)

    the act of employing anything, or of applying it to one's service; the state of being so employed or applied; application; employment; conversion to some purpose; as, the use of a pen in writing; his machines are in general use

  2. Use(verb)

    occasion or need to employ; necessity; as, to have no further use for a book

  3. Use(verb)

    yielding of service; advantage derived; capability of being used; usefulness; utility

  4. Use(verb)

    continued or repeated practice; customary employment; usage; custom; manner; habit

  5. Use(verb)

    common occurrence; ordinary experience

  6. Use(verb)

    the special form of ritual adopted for use in any diocese; as, the Sarum, or Canterbury, use; the Hereford use; the York use; the Roman use; etc

  7. Use(verb)

    the premium paid for the possession and employment of borrowed money; interest; usury

  8. Use(verb)

    the benefit or profit of lands and tenements. Use imports a trust and confidence reposed in a man for the holding of lands. He to whose use or benefit the trust is intended shall enjoy the profits. An estate is granted and limited to A for the use of B

  9. Use(verb)

    a stab of iron welded to the side of a forging, as a shaft, near the end, and afterward drawn down, by hammering, so as to lengthen the forging

  10. Use(verb)

    to make use of; to convert to one's service; to avail one's self of; to employ; to put a purpose; as, to use a plow; to use a chair; to use time; to use flour for food; to use water for irrigation

  11. Use(verb)

    to behave toward; to act with regard to; to treat; as, to use a beast cruelly

  12. Use(verb)

    to practice customarily; to make a practice of; as, to use diligence in business

  13. Use(verb)

    to accustom; to habituate; to render familiar by practice; to inure; -- employed chiefly in the passive participle; as, men used to cold and hunger; soldiers used to hardships and danger

  14. Use(verb)

    to be wont or accustomed; to be in the habit or practice; as, he used to ride daily; -- now disused in the present tense, perhaps because of the similarity in sound, between "use to," and "used to."

  15. Use(verb)

    to be accustomed to go; to frequent; to inhabit; to dwell; -- sometimes followed by of

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'use' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #265

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'use' in Written Corpus Frequency: #245

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'use' in Nouns Frequency: #67

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'use' in Verbs Frequency: #21

Anagrams of use

  1. SEU

  2. Sue

Translations for use

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act of using or state of being used

The use of force to persuade workers to join a strike cannot be justified; This telephone number is for use in emergencies.

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