[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.

Typist: Stacey

Synonyms and Synonymous

n. [1]. Employment, application, appliance, exercise, practice.[2]. Advantage, benefit, utility, service, profit, usefulness, avail.[3]. Occasion, need, necessity.[4]. Usage, custom, habit.

v. a. [1]. 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.[2]. Practise, exercise, put to use.[3]. Expend, consume, waste, exhaust.[4]. Accustom, habituate, inure, familiarize, train.[5]. Treat, deal with, act or behave towards.

v. n. Be accustomed, be wont.

Inputed by Elizabeth

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.— 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.

Edited by Guthrie


Typed by Agatha


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