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Uses vs. Use

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Usesnoun

plural of use

Usenoun

The act of using.

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

Usesnoun

(legal) A form of equitable ownership peculiar to English law, by which one person enjoys the profits of lands, etc. whose legal title is vested in another in trust.

Usenoun

Usefulness, benefit.

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

Usenoun

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

‘This tool has many uses.’;

Usenoun

Occasion or need to employ; necessity.

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

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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.

Useverb

To utilize or employ.

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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.’;

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.’;

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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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