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Use vs. Usefulness

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Usenoun

The act of using.

‘the use of torture has been condemned by the United Nations;’; ‘there is no use for your invention’;

Usefulnessnoun

The quality or degree of being useful.

‘The usefulness of his latest reorganisation has been disputed.’;

Usenoun

Usefulness, benefit.

‘What's the use of a law that nobody follows?’;

Usefulnessnoun

The quality or state of being useful; utility; serviceableness; advantage.

Usenoun

A function; a purpose for which something may be employed.

‘This tool has many uses.’;

Usefulnessnoun

the quality of being of practical use

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Usenoun

Occasion or need to employ; necessity.

‘I have no further use for these textbooks.’;

Usenoun

Interest for lent money; premium paid for the use of something; usury.

Usenoun

(archaic) Continued or repeated practice; usage; habit.

Usenoun

(obsolete) Common occurrence; ordinary experience.

Usenoun

(religion) The special form of ritual adopted for use in any diocese.

‘the Sarum, or Canterbury, use; the Hereford use; the York use; the Roman use; etc.’;

Usenoun

(forging) A slab of iron welded to the side of a forging, such as a shaft, near the end, and afterward drawn down, by hammering, so as to lengthen the forging.

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Useverb

To utilize or employ.

Useverb

(transitive) To employ; to apply; to utilize.

‘Use this knife to slice the bread.’; ‘We can use this mathematical formula to solve the problem.’;

Useverb

To expend; to consume by employing.

‘I used the money they allotted me.’; ‘We should use up most of the fuel.’; ‘She used all the time allotted to complete the test.’;

Useverb

(transitive) To exploit.

‘You never cared about me; you just used me!’;

Useverb

(transitive) To consume (alcohol, drugs, etc), especially regularly.

‘He uses cocaine. I have never used drugs.’;

Useverb

(intransitive) To consume a previously specified substance, especially a drug to which one is addicted.

‘Richard began experimenting with cocaine last year; now he uses almost every day.’;

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Useverb

To benefit from; to be able to employ or stand.

‘I could use a drink. My car could use a new coat of paint.’;

Useverb

To accustom; to habituate. Now common only in participial form. Note: This usage uses the nounal pronunciation of the word rather than the typically verbal one.

Useverb

To become accustomed, to accustom oneself.

Useverb

To habitually do; to be wont to do.

Useverb

To habitually employ; to be wont to employ.

Useverb

To habitually do. See used to.

‘I used to get things done.’;

Useverb

(dated) To behave toward; to act with regard to; to treat.

‘to use an animal cruelly’;

Useverb

To behave, act, comport oneself.

Usenoun

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.

‘Books can never teach the use of books.’; ‘This Davy serves you for good uses.’; ‘When he framedAll things to man's delightful use.’;

Usenoun

Occasion or need to employ; necessity; as, to have no further use for a book.

Usenoun

Yielding of service; advantage derived; capability of being used; usefulness; utility.

‘God made two great lights, great for their useTo man.’; ‘'T is use alone that sanctifies expense.’;

Usenoun

Continued or repeated practice; customary employment; usage; custom; manner; habit.

‘Let later age that noble use envy.’; ‘How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable,Seem to me all the uses of this world!’;

Usenoun

Common occurrence; ordinary experience.

‘O Cæsar! these things are beyond all use.’;

Usenoun

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.

‘From henceforth all the whole realm shall have but one use.’;

Usenoun

The premium paid for the possession and employment of borrowed money; interest; usury.

‘Thou art more obliged to pay duty and tribute, use and principal, to him.’;

Usenoun

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.

Usenoun

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.

Useverb

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.

‘Launcelot Gobbo, use your legs.’; ‘Some other means I have which may be used.’;

Useverb

To behave toward; to act with regard to; to treat; as, to use a beast cruelly.

‘How wouldst thou use me now?’; ‘Cato has used me ill.’;

Useverb

To practice customarily; to make a practice of; as, to use diligence in business.

‘Use hospitality one to another.’;

Useverb

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.

‘I am so used in the fire to blow.’; ‘Thou with thy compeers,Used to the yoke, draw'st his triumphant wheels.’; ‘I would, my son, that thou wouldst use the powerWhich thy discretion gives thee, to controlAnd manage all.’; ‘To study nature will thy time employ:Knowledge and innocence are perfect joy.’;

Useverb

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."

‘They use to place him that shall be their captain on a stone.’; ‘Fears use to be represented in an imaginary.’; ‘Thus we use to say, it is the room that smokes, when indeed it is the fire in the room.’; ‘Now Moses used to take the tent and to pitch it without the camp.’;

Useverb

To be accustomed to go; to frequent; to inhabit; to dwell; - sometimes followed by of.

‘He useth every day to a merchant's house.’; ‘Ye valleys low, where the mild whispers useOf shades, and wanton winds, and gushing brooks.’;

Usenoun

the act of using;

‘he warned against the use of narcotic drugs’; ‘skilled in the utilization of computers’;

Usenoun

a particular service;

‘he put his knowledge to good use’; ‘patrons have their uses’;

Usenoun

what something is used for;

‘the function of an auger is to bore holes’; ‘ballet is beautiful but what use is it?’;

Usenoun

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

‘the consumption of energy has increased steadily’;

Usenoun

a pattern of behavior acquired through frequent repetition;

‘she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair’; ‘long use had hardened him to it’;

Usenoun

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

‘we were given the use of his boat’;

Usenoun

exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage;

‘his manipulation of his friends was scandalous’;

Useverb

put into service; make work or employ (something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose;

‘use your head!’; ‘we only use Spanish at home’; ‘I can't make use of 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’;

Useverb

take or consume (regularly or habitually);

‘She uses drugs rarely’;

Useverb

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’;

Useverb

use up, consume fully;

‘The legislature expended its time on school questions’;

Useverb

avail oneself to;

‘apply a principle’; ‘practice a religion’; ‘use care when going down the stairs’; ‘use your common sense’; ‘practice non-violent resistance’;

Useverb

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’;

Useverb

take, hold, or deploy (something) as a means of accomplishing or achieving something; employ

‘she used her key to open the front door’; ‘the poem uses simple language’;

Useverb

treat (someone) in a particular way

‘use your troops well and they will not let you down’;

Useverb

exploit (a person or situation) for one's own advantage

‘I couldn't help feeling that she was using me’;

Useverb

apply (a name or title) to oneself

‘she still used her maiden name professionally’;

Useverb

take (an illegal drug)

‘they were using heroin daily’; ‘had she been using again?’;

Useverb

take or consume (an amount) from a limited supply

‘we have used all the available funds’;

Useverb

describing an action or situation that was done repeatedly or existed for a period in the past

‘this road used to be a dirt track’; ‘I used to give him lifts home’;

Useverb

be or become familiar with (someone or something) through experience

‘she was used to getting what she wanted’; ‘he's weird, but you just have to get used to him’;

Useverb

one would like or benefit from

‘I could use another cup of coffee’;

Usenoun

the action of using something or the state of being used for a purpose

‘hyper-modern trains are now in use’; ‘the software is ideal for use in schools’; ‘theatre owners were charging too much for the use of their venues’;

Usenoun

the ability or power to exercise or manipulate one's mind or body

‘the horse lost the use of his hind legs’;

Usenoun

a purpose for or way in which something can be used

‘the herb has various culinary uses’;

Usenoun

the value or advantage of something

‘it was no use trying to persuade her’; ‘what's the use of crying?’;

Usenoun

the benefit or profit of lands, especially lands that are in the possession of another who holds them solely for the beneficiary.

Usenoun

the habitual consumption of a drug

‘burgling and dealing financed their heroin use’;

Usenoun

the characteristic ritual and liturgy of a Christian Church or diocese.

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