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use - Dictionary definition and meaning for word use

Definition
(noun) the act of using
Example Sentence
  • he warned against the use of narcotic drugs
  • skilled in the utilization of computers

Definition
(noun) what something is used for
Synonyms : function , purpose , role
Example Sentence
  • the function of an auger is to bore holes
  • ballet is beautiful but what use is it?

Definition
(noun) a particular service
Example Sentence
  • he put his knowledge to good use
  • patrons have their uses

Definition
(noun) (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing
Example Sentence
  • the consumption of energy has increased steadily

Definition
(noun) (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition
Synonyms : habit
Example Sentence
  • owls have nocturnal habits
  • she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair
  • long use had hardened him to it

Definition
(noun) exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage
Synonyms : manipulation
Example Sentence
  • his manipulation of his friends was scandalous

Definition
(noun) (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property
Synonyms : enjoyment
Example Sentence
  • we were given the use of his boat

Definition
(verb) put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
Synonyms : apply , employ , utilise , utilize
Example Sentence
  • use your head!
  • we only use Spanish at home
  • I can't use this tool
  • Apply a magnetic field here
  • This thinking was applied to many projects
  • How do you utilize this tool?
  • I apply this rule to get good results
  • use the plastic bags to store the food
  • He doesn't know how to use a computer

Definition
(verb) take or consume (regularly or habitually)
Synonyms : habituate
Example Sentence
  • She uses drugs rarely

Definition
(verb) use up, consume fully
Synonyms : expend
Example Sentence
  • The legislature expended its time on school questions

Definition
(verb) seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage
Example Sentence
  • She uses her influential friends to get jobs
  • The president's wife used her good connections

Definition
(verb) avail oneself to
Synonyms : apply , practice
Example Sentence
  • apply a principle
  • practice a religion
  • use care when going down the stairs
  • use your common sense
  • practice non-violent resistance

Definition
(verb) habitually do something (use only in the past tense)
Example Sentence
  • She used to call her mother every week but now she calls only occasionally
  • I used to get sick when I ate in that dining hall
  • They used to vacation in the Bahamas

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