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[yoo-zer] /ˈyu zər/
a person or thing that uses.
one who uses drugs, especially as an abuser or addict.
Computers. a person who uses a computer.
Origin of user1
1350-1400; Middle English usere; see use, -er1


[oo-zer] /ˈu zər/
noun, Law.
the exercise of a right to the enjoyment of property.
noun use of Anglo-French user to use Unabridged
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Examples from the web for users
  • This extension is freely available for users of these browsers.
  • Doing so usually causes users to feel a tingling and numbing sensation in their mouths.
  • Com, a website that allows users to rate and comment on media bias.
  • They have some ability to discipline, control, and reward users in the zone.
  • There is a rich and longstanding literary history by and about opium users.
  • A number of sites offer the possibility to play scrabble online against other users.
  • Usability testing is a technique used to evaluate a product by testing it on users.
  • The influence of bloggers and other social media users is a topic of much discussion.
  • This made the connector nearly painless for users of both technologies.
  • Conversely, users with low karma have penalties imposed on them.
British Dictionary definitions for users


  1. the continued exercise, use, or enjoyment of a right, esp in property
  2. a presumptive right based on long-continued use: right of user
(often in combination) a person or thing that uses: a road-user
(informal) a drug addict
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Word Origin and History for users



c.1400, agent noun from use (v.). Of narcotics, from 1935; of computers, from 1967. User-friendly (1977) is said in some sources to have been coined by software designer Harlan Crowder as early as 1972.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for users

use one's head

verb phrase

To think; reason out one's actions: teaches a man to use his head and to do the best he can/ You certainly used the old bean (1828+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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