[juːz] or [juz]
(noun.) the act of using; 'he warned against the use of narcotic drugs'; 'skilled in the utilization of computers'.
(noun.) a particular service; 'he put his knowledge to good use'; 'patrons have their uses'.
(noun.) (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property; 'we were given the use of his boat'.
(verb.) use up, consume fully; 'The legislature expended its time on school questions'.
(verb.) put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; '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'.
(verb.) take or consume (regularly or habitually); 'She uses drugs rarely'.
(verb.) habitually do something (use only in the past tense); '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'.
(verb.) seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage; 'She uses her influential friends to get jobs'; 'The president's wife used her good connections'.
Checker: Lyman--From WordNet
(v. t.) 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.
(v. t.) Occasion or need to employ; necessity; as, to have no further use for a book.
(v. t.) Yielding of service; advantage derived; capability of being used; usefulness; utility.
(v. t.) Continued or repeated practice; customary employment; usage; custom; manner; habit.
(v. t.) Common occurrence; ordinary experience.
(v. t.) The special form of ritual adopted for use in any diocese; as, the Sarum, or Canterbury, use; the Hereford use; the York use; the Roman use; etc.
(v. t.) The premium paid for the possession and employment of borrowed money; interest; usury.
(v. t.) The benefit or profit of lands and tenements. Use imports a trust and confidence reposed in a man for the holding of lands. He to whose use or benefit the trust is intended shall enjoy the profits. An estate is granted and limited to A for the use of B.
(v. t.) A stab of iron welded to the side of a forging, as a shaft, near the end, and afterward drawn down, by hammering, so as to lengthen the forging.
(v. t.) 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.
(v. t.) To behave toward; to act with regard to; to treat; as, to use a beast cruelly.
(v. t.) To practice customarily; to make a practice of; as, to use diligence in business.
(v. t.) To accustom; to habituate; to render familiar by practice; to inure; -- employed chiefly in the passive participle; as, men used to cold and hunger; soldiers used to hardships and danger.
(v. i.) 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."
(v. i.) To be accustomed to go; to frequent; to inhabit; to dwell; -- sometimes followed by of.
Synonyms and Synonymous
n. . Employment, application, appliance, exercise, practice.. Advantage, benefit, utility, service, profit, usefulness, avail.. Occasion, need, necessity.. Usage, custom, habit.
v. a. . Employ, apply, make use of, avail one's self of, take advantage of, turn to account, make the most of, put in requisition, bring into play.. Practise, exercise, put to use.. Expend, consume, waste, exhaust.. Accustom, habituate, inure, familiarize, train.. Treat, deal with, act or behave towards.
v. n. Be accustomed, be wont.
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Synonyms and Antonyms
SYN:Advantage, custom, habit, practice, service, utility, usage,[See CUSTOM]
SYN:Employ, exercise, treat, practice, accustom, habituate, inure
ANT:Discard, suspend, ignore, avoid, disaccustom, dishabituate, disinure
Inputed by Bella
n. act of using or putting to a purpose: convenience: employment: need: advantage: practice: common occurrence: a distinctive form of public worship or service peculiar to a church diocese &c.: custom: interest for money.—n. Us′ance (obs.) use usage employment: (Shak.) usury interest for money: the time allowed by usage for the payment of a bill of exchange.—adj. Use′ful full of use or advantage: able to do good: serviceable.—adv. Use′fully.—n. Use′fulness.—adj. Use′less having no use: answering no good purpose or the end proposed.—adv. Use′lessly.—n. Use′lessness.—n.pl. Us′es a form of equitable ownership peculiar to English law by which one person enjoys the profits of lands &c. the legal title to which is vested in another in trust.—Use and wont the customary practice.—Have no use for (U.S.) to have no liking for; In use in employment or practice; Made use of to use to employ; Of no use useless; Of use useful; Out of use not used or employed.
v.t. to put to some purpose: to avail one's self of: to habituate: to treat or behave toward.—v.i. to be accustomed.—adj. U′sable that may be used.—ns. U′sableness; U′see one for whose use a suit is brought in another's name; U′ser.—Use one's self (Shak.) to behave; Use up to consume to exhaust to tire out.
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- Of the numerous other telegraph instruments that have been invented since 1837, that of Mr. Morse is in most general use, especially on the Continent and in America. Frederick C. Bakewell. Great Facts.
- Without it the engine would have been too clumsy and slow for practical use, but with it the greatest possibilities of use appeared. Rupert S. Holland. Historic Inventions.
- I suppose it's smarter to use these rocks and build a good blind for this gun than to make a proper emplacement for it. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- Ingenious forms of hand-operated ironing machines for turning over and ironing the edges of collars, and other articles, are in successful use. William Henry Doolittle. Inventions in the Century.
- It is only by the use of words as symbols that scientific thought is possible. Walter Libby. An Introduction to the History of Science.
- The Peruvians also got to making maps and the use of counting-frames. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- This was a very primitive device, requiring several minutes for the engine to make one stroke, but it was the beginning of the practical use of steam as a motive power. Rupert S. Holland. Historic Inventions.
- By only raising my voice, and saying any thing two or three times over, she is sure to hear; but then she is used to my voice. Jane Austen. Emma.
- It was also used in October, 1899, on board the Grande Duchesse to report the international yacht race between the Columbia and the Shamrock at Sandy Hook, as seen in Fig. 13. Edward W. Byrn. The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century.
- In some sense, men had always used an inductive method in dealing with their immediate practical concerns. John Dewey. Democracy and Education.
- From the window of Worcester's barrack-room I used to amuse myself reviewing our troops, but not after the fashion of Catharine of Russia. Harriette Wilson. The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson.
- Shall I play some of those little melodies of Mozart's which you used to like so much? Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- As I perceive that your boots, although used, are by no means dirty, I cannot doubt that you are at present busy enough to justify the hansom. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
- Hence, provision was made for carrying a large stock of oil, and for giving a certain period of rest to that already used. Frank Lewis Dyer. Edison, His Life and Inventions.
- Again you find us, Miss Summerson, said he, using our little arts to polish, polish! Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- Yes, I have been using myself up rather too freely, he remarked, in answer to my look rather than to my words; I have been a little pressed of late. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
- Make it as short as you can, using those words; but make it tight. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- Italians, Piani said, using the word as an epithet, Italiani! Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell To Arms.
- Senefelder, in his subsequent improvements, gave a slight relief to the letters by the original plan of using diluted aqua-fortis, by which means the impressions obtained were blacker. Frederick C. Bakewell. Great Facts.
- Rival companies have sprung up, using slightly different varieties of apparatus. Rupert S. Holland. Historic Inventions.
- By using combinations of two or more lenses of various kinds, it is possible to have an image of almost any desired size, and in practically any desired position. Bertha M. Clark. General Science.
- These got fairly to work at the beginning of the century, and the uses of machinery spread to the treatment of leather. William Henry Doolittle. Inventions in the Century.
- The modern boss, on the other hand, shelters behind legal forms which he has got hold of and uses for his own ends. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- The planing machine is organized in various shapes for different uses. Edward W. Byrn. The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century.
- Can you give any uses of these substances? Bertha M. Clark. General Science.
- The plan of identifying people by their finger-prints, although at first used only on criminals, is now put to many other uses. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- Modern science uses the force of such exploding gases for the accomplishment of work, such as running of automobiles and launches. Bertha M. Clark. General Science.
- For then you are dealing with living ideas: to search his text has its uses, but compared with the actual tradition of Marx it is the work of pedantry. Walter Lippmann. A Preface to Politics.
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