- The act of using.
- usage: "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers"
- What something is used for.
- usage: "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it"
- A particular service.
- usage: "he put his knowledge to good use"; "patrons have their uses"
- Economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing. (
- usage: "the consumption of energy has increased steadily"
- Psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition. (
- usage: "owls have nocturnal habits"; "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use had hardened him to it"
- synonyms: habit
- Exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage.
- usage: "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous"
- synonyms: manipulation
- Law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property. (
- usage: "we were given the use of his boat"
- synonyms: enjoyment
- Put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose.
- usage: "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"
- Take or consume (regularly or habitually. )
- usage: "She uses drugs rarely"
- synonyms: habituate
- Use up, consume fully.
- usage: "The legislature expended its time on school questions"
- synonyms: expend
- Seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage.
- usage: "She uses her influential friends to get jobs"; "The president's wife used her good connections"
- Avail oneself to.
- usage: "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"
- Habitually do something (use only in the past tense. )
- usage: "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"
WordNet 3.0 © 2006 by Princeton University
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