verb (used with object), used, us·ing.
- to employ for some purpose; put into service; make use of: to use a knife.
- to avail oneself of; apply to one’s own purposes: to use the facilities.
- to expend or consume in use: We have used the money provided.
- to treat or behave toward: He did not use his employees with much consideration.
- to take unfair advantage of; exploit: to use people to gain one’s own ends.
- to drink, smoke, or ingest habitually: to use drugs.
- to habituate or accustom.
- Archaic. to practice habitually or customarily; make a practice of.
verb (used without object), used, us·ing.
- to be accustomed 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.
- Archaic. to resort, stay, or dwell customarily.
- the act of employing, using, or putting into service: the use of tools.
- the state of being employed or used.
- an instance or way of employing or using something: proper use of the tool; the painter’s use of color.
- a way of being employed or used; a purpose for which something is used: He was of temporary use. The instrument has different uses.
- 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.
- service or advantage in or for being employed or used; utility or usefulness: of no practical use.
- help; profit; resulting good: What’s the use of pursuing the matter?
- occasion or need, as for something to be employed or used: Would you have any use for another calendar?
- continued, habitual, or customary employment or practice; custom: to follow the prevailing use of such occasions.
- the enjoyment of property, as by the employment, occupation, or exercise of it.
- the benefit or profit of lands and tenements in the possession of another who simply holds them for the beneficiary.
- the equitable ownership of land to which the legal title is in another’s name.
- Liturgy. the distinctive form of ritual or of any liturgical observance used in a particular church, diocese, community, etc.
- usual or customary experience.
- use up,
- to consume entirely.
- to exhaust of vigor or usefulness; finish: By the end of the war he felt used up and sick of life.
- have no use for,
- to have no occasion or need for: She appears to have no use for the city.
- to refuse to tolerate; discount: He had no use for his brother.
- to have a distaste for; dislike: He has no use for dictators.
- make use of, to use for one’s own purposes; employ: Charitable organizations will make use of your old furniture and clothing.
- 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.
- put to use, to apply; employ to advantage: What a shame that no one has put that old deserted mansion to use!
verb (juːz) (tr)
- to put into service or action; employ for a given purposeto use a spoon to stir with
- to make a practice or habit of employing; exercisehe uses his brain
- to behave towardsto use a friend well
- to behave towards in a particular way for one’s own endshe uses people
- to consume, expend, or exhaustthe engine uses very little oil
- mainly US and Canadian to partake of (alcoholic drink, drugs, etc) or smoke (tobacco, marijuana, etc)
- the act of using or the state of being usedthe carpet wore out through constant use
- the ability, right, or permission to use
- the occasion to use; needI have no use for this paper
- an instance or manner of using
- usefulness; advantageit is of no use to complain
- custom; practice; habitlong use has inured him to it
- the purpose for which something is used; end
- Christianity a distinctive form of liturgical or ritual observance, esp one that is traditional in a Church or group of Churches
- the enjoyment of property, land, etc, by occupation or by deriving revenue or other benefit from it
- law the beneficial enjoyment of property the legal title to which is held by another person as trustee
- law an archaic word for trust (def. 7)
- philosophy logic linguistics 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 mentionedCompare mention (def. 7) See also material mode
- have no use for
- to have no need of
- to have a contemptuous dislike for
- make use of
- to employ; use
- to exploit (a person)
early 13c., from Old French us, from Latin usus “use, custom, skill, habit,” from past participle stem of uti (see use (v.)).
mid-13c., from Old French user “use, employ, practice,” from Vulgar Latin *usare “use,” frequentative form of past participle stem of Latin uti “to use,” in Old Latin oeti “use, employ, exercise, perform,” of unknown origin. Related: Used; using. Replaced Old English brucan (see brook (v.)).
Not require something, as in I don’t smoke, so I have no use for a lighter. [c. 1600]
Dislike something or someone, as in I have no use for people who won’t answer letters. [Second half of 1800s]
In addition to the idioms beginning with use
- used to
- use one’s head
- use up
- have no use for
- make use of
- no use
- put to good use
Also see underused.