What does usage mean?

Definitions for usage
ˈyu sɪdʒ, -zɪdʒus·age

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word usage.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. use, usage, utilization, utilisation, employment, exercisenoun

    the act of using

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

  2. custom, usage, usancenoun

    accepted or habitual practice

  3. usagenoun

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

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


  1. usagenoun

    The manner or the amount of using; use

  2. usagenoun

    Habit or accepted practice

  3. usagenoun

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

  4. Etymology: From and usage.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. USAGEnoun

    Etymology: usage, Fr.

    Which way
    Might’st thou deserve, or they impose this usage,
    Coming from us? William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    The lustre in your eye, heav’n in your cheek,
    Plead you fair usage. William Shakespeare, Troil. and Cressida.

    My brother
    Is pris’ner to the bishop, at whose hands
    He hath good usage, and great liberty. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    What usage have I met with from this adversary, who passes by the very words I translated, and produces other passages; and then hectors and cries out of my disingenuity. Edward Stillingfleet.

    Are not hawks brought to the hand, and to the lure; and lions reclaimed by good usage? Roger L'Estrange.

    Neptune took unkindly to be bound,
    And Eurus never such hard usage found
    In his Æolian prison. Dryden.

    Of things once received and confirmed by use, long usage is a law sufficient. In civil affairs, when there is no other law, custom itself doth stand for law. Richard Hooker, b. ii.

    A gentle nymph was found,
    Hight Astery, excelling all the crew,
    In courteous usage, and unstained hue. Edmund Spenser.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Usagenoun

    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. Usagenoun

    manners; conduct; behavior

  3. Usagenoun

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

  4. Usagenoun

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

  5. Usagenoun


Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Usage

    ū′zāj, n. act or mode of using: treatment: practice: custom.—ns. U′sager, one of the non-jurors who maintained 'the usages'—mixed chalices, oblation in prayer of consecration, and prayer for the dead. [Fr.,—Low L.,—L. usus.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. usage

    The consecration in time of something that was originally absurd.

Editors Contribution

  1. usage

    An amount of use.

    The water usage was recorded.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for usage »

  1. agues

  2. gause

How to pronounce usage?

How to say usage in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of usage in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of usage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of usage in a Sentence

  1. Tom Cliff:

    Cotton is intimately associated with land usage, ownership, employment and Han in-migration. It's all tied up.

  2. Nye County:

    They confirmed his usage on Saturday but were unsure if it had continued.

  3. Vyanne Lai:

    The idea that gasoline demand is actually rising suggests that perhaps the lower prices of crude are actually prompting a greater usage of this product (gasoline), i think the market is reading this as a positive sign in terms of demand.

  4. Sandra Windham:

    Parents constantly text kids throughout the day and kids get very anxious if they are unable to answer them, the content of the texts is almost never school related, though. Even during our state testing, when strict rules go into place about phone usage, parents call the school and demand their kids get their phone back. And when I call parents to report bad behavior or grades due to phone use, the phone is rarely taken away as a consequence.

  5. Tingting Shen:

    When police arrest sex workers, they will search for condoms, and that will decrease sex workers' willingness to carry and use condoms, among those who have been interrogated by police in the past year, condom usage rates are clearly lower.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for usage

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • Brauch, Gebrauch, Anwendung, Benutzung, VerwendungGerman
  • استفاده از, کاربردPersian
  • käytäntö, käyttö, kielenkäyttö, käsittely, puhetapaFinnish
  • coutume, usageFrench
  • szóhasználat, használat, gyakorlat, szokásHungarian
  • 使い方, 習慣, 用法Japanese
  • വിനിയോഗംMalayalam
  • anvendelse, bruksområde, brukNorwegian
  • emprego, usoPortuguese
  • использование, применение, употребление, обращение, обыкновение, традиция, привычка, обычайRussian
  • विनियोगःSanskrit
  • kullanımTurkish
  • 用法Chinese

Get even more translations for usage »


Find a translation for the usage definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these usage definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "usage." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 2 Dec. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/usage>.

    Are we missing a good definition for usage? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    add details to
    • A. elate
    • B. abase
    • C. rumpus
    • D. embellish

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for usage: