What does usage mean?

Definitions for usage
ˈyu sɪdʒ, -zɪdʒus·age

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.


  1. usage

    Usage refers to the manner in which something is utilized or employed for a particular purpose. It can relate to the application of language, rules, resources, equipment, or facilities. It may also refer to the frequency or extent to which something is used.

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

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  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. Peter Antall:

    This has created an enormous increase in our volume and the demand just keeps climbing, nationally, usage of our platform is up over 400 percent and is even greater in certain geographies where infections are surging. In these areas, we have seen has usage surge by 650 percent or more in mere days.

  2. Douglas Adams:

    Ah, this is obviously some strange usage of the word 'safe' that I wasn't previously aware of.

  3. Roland Barthes:

    I think that cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals: I mean the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown artists, and consumed in image if not in usage by a whole population which appropriates them as a purely magical object.

  4. Fran Lebowitz:

    Girls who put out are tramps. Girls who don't are ladies. This is, however, a rather archaic usage of the word. Should one of you boys happen upon a girl who doesn't put out, do not jump to the conclusion that you have found a lady. What you have probably found is a lesbian.

  5. Michael Underhill:

    Precision leads to efficiency, efficiency leads to decreased usage, decreased usage leads to decreased margins or margin compression, and that will lead to companies getting leaner and meaner.

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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

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