What is the meaning of use?

Subtopics: OF PROPERTY 


  • 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"
  • Exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage.
    • usage: "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous"
  • Law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property. (
    • usage: "we were given the use of his boat"


  • 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"
  • Use up, consume fully.
    • usage: "The legislature expended its time on school questions"
  • 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"
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APAWordNet. (2010). use. Retrieved January 22, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/use/definitions/1192793
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "use" http://smartdefine.org/use/definitions/1192793 (accessed January 22, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, use, Smart Define, viewed 22 January, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/use/definitions/1192793>.
MLAWordNet. "use" 23 October 2010. Web. 22 January 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/use/definitions/1192793>
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