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Definition of "use" [use]

  • To put into service or apply for a purpose; employ. (verb-transitive)
  • To avail oneself of; practice: use caution. (verb-transitive)
  • To conduct oneself toward; treat or handle: "the peace offering of a man who once used you unkindly” ( Laurence Sterne). (verb-transitive)
  • To seek or achieve an end by means of; exploit: used their highly placed friends to gain access to the president; felt he was being used by seekers of favor. (verb-transitive)
  • To take or consume; partake of: She rarely used alcohol. (verb-transitive)
  • To put into service or action; employ for a given purpose (verb)

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.

  • To make a practice or habit of employing; exercise (verb)
  • To behave towards (verb)
  • To behave towards in a particular way for one's own ends (verb)
  • To consume, expend, or exhaust (verb)
  • To partake of (alcoholic drink, drugs, etc) or smoke (tobacco, marijuana, etc) (verb)
  • The act of using or the state of being used (noun)
  • The ability, right, or permission to use (noun)
  • The occasion to use; need (noun)
  • An instance or manner of using (noun)
  • Usefulness; advantage (noun)
  • Custom; practice; habit (noun)
  • The purpose for which something is used; end (noun)
  • A distinctive form of liturgical or ritual observance, esp one that is traditional in a Church or group of Churches (noun)
  • The enjoyment of property, land, etc, by occupation or by deriving revenue or other benefit from it (noun)
  • The beneficial enjoyment of property the legal title to which is held by another person as trustee (noun)
  • The occurrence of an expression in such a context that it performs its own linguistic function rather than being itself referred to. In "Fido" refers to Fido, the name Fido is 'used' only on the second occurrence, first being mentioned (noun)

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Use "use" in a sentence
  • "Useful for many years to come…..use it to conceive and then use it under a crystal candy bowl on your end table."
  • "«Against the swine one can use the same weapons they use»."
  • "Now, since the most important aspect of a thing is what we can do with it, what use it can be to us, usually meaning centers about _use_."