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us·age

 (yo͞o′sĭj, -zĭj)
n.
1.
a. The act, manner, or amount of using; use: patterns of computer usage; an instrument that measures water usage.
b. The act or manner of treating; treatment: subjected the car to rough usage.
2.
a. Habitual or accepted practice: customs that have faded from common usage.
b. A usual, habitual, or accepted practice: manners and other social usages.
3.
a. The way in which words or phrases are actually used, spoken, or written in a speech community: "Dictionaries are but the depositories of words already legitimated by usage" (Thomas Jefferson).
b. A particular expression in speech or writing: a nonce usage.

[Middle English, from Old French, from us, from Latin ūsus, from past participle of ūtī, to use.]

usage

(ˈjuːsɪdʒ; -zɪdʒ)
n
1. the act or a manner of using; use; employment
2. constant use, custom, or habit
3. something permitted or established by custom or practice
4. (Linguistics) what is actually said in a language, esp as contrasted with what is prescribed
[C14: via Old French, from Latin ūsus use (n)]

us•age

(ˈyu sɪdʒ, -zɪdʒ)

n.
1. a customary way of doing something; a custom or practice.
2. the customary manner in which a language or a form of a language is spoken or written: a grammar based on usage rather than on arbitrary notions of correctness.
3. a particular instance of this: a usage borrowed from French.
4. any manner of doing or handling something; treatment: rough usage.
5. habitual or customary use; long-continued practice.
6. an act of using or employing; use.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Medieval Latin ūsāticum, derivative of Latin ūsus (see use)]
usage: The nouns usage and use are related in origin and meaning and to some extent overlap in their use. use is more common. Perhaps in the belief that it is the more impressive term, usage is sometimes used where use would be the appropriate choice: Has your usage of a personal computer made the work any easier?

usage

The way in which expressions are actually used by people, or a particular expression that is used.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.usage - the act of usingusage - the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers"
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
practice - the exercise of a profession; "the practice of the law"; "I took over his practice when he retired"
play - utilization or exercise; "the play of the imagination"
misuse, abuse - improper or excessive use; "alcohol abuse"; "the abuse of public funds"
exploitation, development - the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful; "the development of Alaskan resources"; "the exploitation of copper deposits"
recycling - the act of processing used or abandoned materials for use in creating new products
application, practical application - the act of bringing something to bear; using it for a particular purpose; "he advocated the application of statistics to the problem"; "a novel application of electronics to medical diagnosis"
2.usage - accepted or habitual practiceusage - accepted or habitual practice  
practice, pattern - a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"
Americanism - a custom that is peculiar to the United States or its citizens
Anglicism, Britishism - a custom that is peculiar to England or its citizens
consuetude - a custom or usage that has acquired the force of law
couvade - a custom among some peoples whereby the husband of a pregnant wife is put to bed at the time of bearing the child
Germanism - a custom that is peculiar to Germany or its citizens
habit, use - (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition; "owls have nocturnal habits"; "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use had hardened him to it"
hijab - the custom in some Islamic societies of women dressing modestly outside the home; "she observes the hijab and does not wear tight clothing"
survival - something that survives
ritual, rite - any customary observance or practice
3.usage - the customary manner in which a language (or a form of a language) is spoken or written; "English usage"; "a usage borrowed from French"
language, linguistic communication - a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols; "he taught foreign languages"; "the language introduced is standard throughout the text"; "the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written"

usage

noun
1. phraseology, terminology, parlance, mode of expression, way of speaking or writing Certain words may not even be in modern usage.
2. use, operation, employment, running, control, management, treatment, handling Parts of the motor wore out because of constant usage.
3. practice, method, procedure, form, rule, tradition, habit, regime, custom, routine, convention, mode, matter of course, wont a fruitful convergence with past usage and custom

usage

noun
2. A quantity consumed:
3. A habitual way of behaving:
Translations
käsittelykäytäntökäyttökielenkäyttöpuhetapa
gyakorlathasználatszóhasználatszokás
使い方用法

usage

[ˈjuːzɪdʒ] N
1. (= custom) → costumbre f, usanza f
an ancient usage of the Celtsuna antigua usanza de los celtas
2. (Ling) (= use, way of using) → uso m
in the usage of railwaymenen el lenguaje de los ferroviarios, en el uso ferroviario
3. (= handling) → manejo m; (= treatment) → tratos mpl
ill usagemal tratamiento m
it's had some rough usageha sido manejado con bastante dureza

usage

[ˈjuːsɪdʒ ˈjuːzɪdʒ] n
(LINGUISTICS)usage m
in common usage → couramment employé(e)
(= use) [machine, equipment, car, land, energy, water] → usage m

usage

n
(= treatment, handling)Behandlung f; it’s had some rough usagees ist ziemlich unsanft behandelt worden
(= custom, practice)Brauch m, → Sitte f, → Usus m (geh); it’s common usagees ist allgemein üblich or Sitte or Brauch
(Ling: = use, way of using) → Gebrauch m no pl, → Anwendung f; words in common usageallgemein gebräuchliche Wörter pl; it’s common in Northern usagees ist im Norden allgemein gebräuchlich; it’s not correct usageso darf das nicht gebraucht werden; usage notes (in book) → Anwendungshinweise pl

usage

[ˈjuːzɪdʒ] n
a. (Ling) (use, way of using) → uso
to be in common usage → essere nell'uso comune
b. (custom) → usanza, uso
c. (treatment, handling, use) → uso; (of energy) → utilizzo
it's had some rough usage → è stato un po' bistrattato

usage

n. uso, costumbre.
References in classic literature ?
Along the leafy road which skirted a narrow, tortuous stream in central Louisiana, rumbled an old fashioned cabriolet, much the worse for hard and rough usage over country roads and lanes.
The Indians plundered us of what we had, and kept us in confinement seven days, treating us with common savage usage.
He was a native of Cape Cod; and hence, according to local usage, was called a Cape-Cod-man.
According to usage they were pumping the ship next morning; and lo
We heard afterward that he had given his evidence so clearly, and the horses were in such an exhausted state, bearing marks of such brutal usage, that the carter was committed to take his trial, and might possibly be sentenced to two or three months in prison.
Of a truth it doth indeed, fair lord, albeit 'tis passing hard to say, though peradventure that will not tarry but better speed with usage.
Tom, wiping his eyes with his sleeve, began to blubber out something about a resolution to escape from hard usage and lack of sympathy at home by roaming abroad into the great world never to return; and ended by hoping that Joe would not forget him.
But now, after such dishonorable usage, who can tell what were his designs on her.
According to the immemorial usage of waiters in all ages.
Creakle had a son, who had not been Tungay's friend, and who, assisting in the school, had once held some remonstrance with his father on an occasion when its discipline was very cruelly exercised, and was supposed, besides, to have protested against his father's usage of his mother.
When he appeared with his stocking disordered (its disorder expressed, according to usage, by one very neat fold in the top, which I suppose to be always got up with a flat iron), a conversation took place in the gallery respecting the paleness of his leg, and whether it was occasioned by the turn the ghost had given him.
If there is damage, it will cost you nothing if there is usage money, Kirjath Jairam will forgive it for the sake of his kinsman Isaac.