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use

noun (n)

  • the act of using (noun.act)
    Example:
    He warned against the use of narcotic drugs.
    source: wordnet30
  • what something is used for (noun.attribute)
    Synonym: function, purpose, role
    Example:
    Ballet is beautiful but what use is it?.
    source: wordnet30
  • a particular service (noun.attribute)
    Example:
    He put his knowledge to good use.
    Patrons have their uses.
    source: wordnet30
  • (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing (noun.process)
    source: wordnet30
  • (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition (noun.act)
    Synonym: habit
    Example:
    Long use had hardened him to it.
    source: wordnet30
  • exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage (noun.act)
    Synonym: manipulation
    source: wordnet30
  • (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property (noun.attribute)
    Synonym: enjoyment
    Example:
    We were given the use of his boat.
    source: wordnet30
  • The act of employing anything, or of applying it to one's service; the state of being so employed or applied; application; employment; conversion to some purpose; as, the use of a pen in writing; his machines are in general use. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose (verb.consumption)
    Example:
    Use your head!.
    We only use Spanish at home.
    I can't use this tool.
    Use the plastic bags to store the food.
    He doesn't know how to use a computer.
    source: wordnet30
  • take or consume (regularly or habitually) (verb.consumption)
    Synonym: habituate
    Example:
    She uses drugs rarely.
    source: wordnet30
  • use up, consume fully (verb.consumption)
    Synonym: expend
    source: wordnet30
  • seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage (verb.social)
    Example:
    She uses her influential friends to get jobs.
    The president's wife used her good connections.
    source: wordnet30
  • avail oneself to (verb.social)
    Synonym: apply, practice
    Example:
    Use care when going down the stairs.
    Use your common sense.
    source: wordnet30
  • habitually do something (use only in the past tense) (verb.social)
    Example:
    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.
    source: wordnet30
  • To make use of; to convert to one's service; to avail one's self of; to employ; to put a purpose; as, to use a plow; to use a chair; to use time; to use flour for food; to use water for irrigation. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To be wont or accustomed; to be in the habit or practice; as, he used to ride daily; -- now disused in the present tense, perhaps because of the similarity in sound, between "use to," and "used to." (verb)
    source: webster1913

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