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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)

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.

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_."