Definition of "usage" []

  • The act, manner, or amount of using; use: the usage of a technical term; an instrument that measures water usage. (noun)
  • The act or manner of treating; treatment: subjected the car to rough usage. (noun)
  • A usual, habitual, or accepted practice. See Synonyms at habit. (noun)
  • The way in which words or phrases are actually used, spoken, or written in a speech community. (noun)
  • A particular expression in speech or writing: a nonce usage. (noun)
  • The act or a manner of using; use; employment (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Constant use, custom, or habit (noun)
  • Something permitted or established by custom or practice (noun)
  • What is actually said in a language, esp as contrasted with what is prescribed (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "usage" in a sentence
  • "The only way it at all bothers me in usage is when it is overused or redundant, as in, “These ONES are the shoes I want.”"
  • "The most common complaint about the European model of train usage is that it is skewed towards passenger travel."
  • "This one over here is a word usage filter: a sort of advanced search engine, with a whole host of search parameters."