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Meaning & Definition of Use in English





1. The act of using

  • "He warned against the use of narcotic drugs"
  • "Skilled in the utilization of computers"
  • use,
  • usage,
  • utilization,
  • utilisation,
  • employment,
  • exercise

2. What something is used for

  • "The function of an auger is to bore holes"
  • "Ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
  • function,
  • purpose,
  • role,
  • use

3. A particular service

  • "He put his knowledge to good use"
  • "Patrons have their uses"
  • use

4. (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing

  • "The consumption of energy has increased steadily"
  • consumption,
  • economic consumption,
  • usance,
  • use,
  • use of goods and services

5. (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation

  • May be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition
  • "Owls have nocturnal habits"
  • "She had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"
  • "Long use had hardened him to it"
  • habit,
  • use

6. Exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage

  • "His manipulation of his friends was scandalous"
  • manipulation,
  • use

7. (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property

  • "We were given the use of his boat"
  • use,
  • enjoyment


1. 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"
  • use,
  • utilize,
  • utilise,
  • apply,
  • employ

2. Take or consume (regularly or habitually)

  • "She uses drugs rarely"
  • use,
  • habituate

3. Use up, consume fully

  • "The legislature expended its time on school questions"
  • use,
  • expend

4. 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"
  • use

5. Avail oneself to

  • "Apply a principle"
  • "Practice a religion"
  • "Use care when going down the stairs"
  • "Use your common sense"
  • "Practice non-violent resistance"
  • practice,
  • apply,
  • use

6. 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"
  • use

Examples of using

Why should I buy something I'll never use?
Why buy something you'll never use?
Before astronomers had telescopes, they could only use quadrants to map objects in the sky.