use

[v. yooz or for pt for mof 9, yoost; n. yoos]
verb (used with object), used, using.
1.
to employ for some purpose; put into service; make use of: to use a knife.
2.
to avail oneself of; apply to one's own purposes: to use the facilities.
3.
to expend or consume in use: We have used the money provided.
4.
to treat or behave toward: He did not use his employees with much consideration.
5.
to take unfair advantage of; exploit: to use people to gain one's own ends.
6.
to drink, smoke, or ingest habitually: to use drugs.
7.
to habituate or accustom.
8.
Archaic. to practice habitually or customarily; make a practice of.
verb (used without object), used, using.
9.
to be accustomed, wont, or customarily found (used with an infinitive expressed or understood, and, except in archaic use, now only in the past): He used to go every day.
10.
Archaic. to resort, stay, or dwell customarily.
noun
11.
the act of employing, using, or putting into service: the use of tools.
12.
the state of being employed or used.
13.
an instance or way of employing or using something: proper use of the tool; the painter's use of color.
14.
a way of being employed or used; a purpose for which something is used: He was of temporary use. The instrument has different uses.
15.
the power, right, or privilege of employing or using something: to lose the use of the right eye; to be denied the use of a library card.
16.
service or advantage in or for being employed or used; utility or usefulness: of no practical use.
17.
help; profit; resulting good: What's the use of pursuing the matter?
18.
occasion or need, as for something to be employed or used: Would you have any use for another calendar?
19.
continued, habitual, or customary employment or practice; custom: to follow the prevailing use of such occasions.
20.
Law.
a.
the enjoyment of property, as by the employment, occupation, or exercise of it.
b.
the benefit or profit of lands and tenements in the possession of another who simply holds them for the beneficiary.
c.
the equitable ownership of land to which the legal title is in another's name.
21.
Liturgy. the distinctive form of ritual or of any liturgical observance used in a particular church, diocese, community, etc.
22.
usual or customary experience.
Verb phrases
23.
use up,
a.
to consume entirely.
b.
to exhaust of vigor or usefulness; finish: By the end of the war he felt used up and sick of life.
Idioms
24.
have no use for,
a.
to have no occasion or need for: She appears to have no use for the city.
b.
to refuse to tolerate; discount: He had no use for his brother.
c.
to have a distaste for; dislike: He has no use for dictators.
25.
make use of, to use for one's own purposes; employ: Charitable organizations will make use of your old furniture and clothing.
26.
of no use, of no advantage or help: It's of no use to look for that missing earring. It's no use asking her to go. Also, no use.
27.
put to use, to apply; employ to advantage: What a shame that no one has put that old deserted mansion to use!

Origin:
1175–1225; (v.) Middle English usen < Old French user < Latin ūsus, past participle of ūtī to use; (noun) Middle English < Old French < Latin ūsus act of using a thing, application, employment, equivalent to ūt-, stem of ūtī to use + -tus suffix of v. action, with tt > s

multiuse, adjective
nonuse, noun
nonusing, adjective
reuse, verb, reused, reusing, noun
underuse, verb (used with object), underused, underusing, noun

use, usage, utilize (see usage note at usage)(see synonym study at the current entry).


1. Use, utilize mean to make something serve one's purpose. Use is the general word: to use a telephone; to use a saw and other tools; to use one's eyes; to use eggs in cooking. (What is used often has depreciated or been diminished, sometimes completely consumed: a used automobile; All the butter has been used. ) As applied to persons, use implies some selfish or sinister purpose: to use another to advance oneself. Utilize implies practical or profitable use: to utilize the means at hand, a modern system of lighting. 3. exhaust, waste. 7. familiarize, inure. 12. employment, utilization, application, exercise. 13. handling.


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use
 
vb
1.  to put into service or action; employ for a given purpose: to use a spoon to stir with
2.  to make a practice or habit of employing; exercise: he uses his brain
3.  to behave towards: to use a friend well
4.  to behave towards in a particular way for one's own ends: he uses people
5.  to consume, expend, or exhaust: the engine uses very little oil
6.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) to partake of (alcoholic drink, drugs, etc) or smoke (tobacco, marijuana, etc)
 
n
7.  the act of using or the state of being used: the carpet wore out through constant use
8.  the ability, right, or permission to use
9.  the occasion to use; need: I have no use for this paper
10.  an instance or manner of using
11.  usefulness; advantage: it is of no use to complain
12.  custom; practice; habit: long use has inured him to it
13.  the purpose for which something is used; end
14.  Christianity a distinctive form of liturgical or ritual observance, esp one that is traditional in a Church or group of Churches
15.  the enjoyment of property, land, etc, by occupation or by deriving revenue or other benefit from it
16.  law the beneficial enjoyment of property the legal title to which is held by another person as trustee
17.  law an archaic word for trust
18.  philosophy, logic, linguistics Compare mention See also material mode the occurrence of an expression in such a context that it performs its own linguistic function rather than being itself referred to. In "Fido" refers to Fido, the name Fido is 'used' only on the second occurrence, first being mentioned
19.  have no use for
 a.  to have no need of
 b.  to have a contemptuous dislike for
20.  make use of
 a.  to employ; use
 b.  to exploit (a person)
 
[C13: from Old French user to use, from Latin ūsus having used, from ūtī to use]

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Word Origin & History

use
mid-13c., from O.Fr. user "use, employ, practice," from V.L. *usare "use," frequentative form of pp. stem of L. uti "to use," in Old L. oeti "use, employ, exercise, perform," of unknown origin. Replaced O.E. brucan (see brook (v.)). Used "second-hand" is recorded from 1590s.
User is recorded from 1935 in the narcotics sense, 1967 in the computer sense. User-friendly (1977) is said in some sources to have been coined by software designer Harlan Crowder as early as 1972. Verbal phrase used to "formerly did or was" (as in I used to love her) represents a construction attested from c.1300, and common from c.1400, but now surviving only in past tense form. The pronunciation is affected by the t- of to.

use
early 13c., from O.Fr. us, from L. usus "use, custom, skill, habit," from pp. stem of uti (see use (v.)). Useful is recorded from 1590s; useless is first attested 1590s.
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USE definition

language
An early system on the IBM 1130.
[Listed in CACM 2(5):16, May 1959].
(2004-09-14)

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Idioms & Phrases

use

In addition to the idioms beginning with use, also see have no use for; make use of; no use; put to good use. Also see under used.

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use

in medieval English property law, the right of one person to take the profits of land belonging to another. It involved at least two and usually three persons. One man (A) would convey or enfeoff land to another (B) on the condition that the latter would use it not for his own benefit but for the benefit of a third man (C)-who could be A himself. C (or A), thus, had the profits-that is, the use-of the land and could treat the land as he pleased. This legal institution, which arose as early as the 11th century, came to be employed not only as a legitimate method of providing for property management and for conveyancing but also as a method of defrauding creditors, depriving feudal landlords of their dues, and permitting religious institutions to derive the benefit of land that they could not own directly.

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