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use(v. yuz or, for pt. form of 9, yust; n. yus)
v. used, us•ing,
If you employ someone, you pay them to work for you.
If something is employed for a particular purpose, it is used for that purpose. You can say, for example, that a particular method or technique is employed.
You can also say that a machine, tool, or weapon is employed.
However, employ is a formal word when it is used to talk about such things as methods or tools. You usually say that a method or tool is used.
Past participle: used
|Noun||1.||use - 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"
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
|2.||use - what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"|
raison d'etre - the purpose that justifies a thing's existence
|3.||use - a particular service; "he put his knowledge to good use"; "patrons have their uses"|
|4.||use - (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing; "the consumption of energy has increased steadily"|
economic science, economics, political economy - the branch of social science that deals with the production and distribution and consumption of goods and services and their management
conspicuous consumption - buying expensive services and products in order to flaunt your wealth
demand - the ability and desire to purchase goods and services; "the automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips"; "the demand exceeded the supply"
|5.||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"|
ritual - stereotyped behavior
second nature - acquired behavior that is practiced so long it seems innate
cleanliness - the habit of keeping free of superficial imperfections
|6.||use - exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage; "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous"|
influence - causing something without any direct or apparent effort
mind game - deliberate actions of calculated psychological manipulation intended to intimidate or confuse (usually for competitive advantage); "football players try to play mind games with the opposition"; "the jeweler's mind game is to convince lovers that the size of a gemstone reflects the depth of their feelings"
|7.||use - (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property; "we were given the use of his boat"|
legal right - a right based in law
fair use - the conditions under which you can use material that is copyrighted by someone else without paying royalties
fruition - enjoyment derived from use or possession
|Verb||1.||use - put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use 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"|
dedicate, devote, commit, consecrate, give - give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause; "She committed herself to the work of God"; "give one's talents to a good cause"; "consecrate your life to the church"
play - employ in a game or in a specific position; "They played him on first base"
play - use or move; "I had to play my queen"
pull out all the stops - use all resources available; "The organizers pulled out all the stops for the centennial meeting"
put, assign - attribute or give; "She put too much emphasis on her the last statement"; "He put all his efforts into this job"; "The teacher put an interesting twist to the interpretation of the story"
ply - use diligently; "ply your wits!"
address - address or apply oneself to something, direct one's efforts towards something, such as a question
waste - use inefficiently or inappropriately; "waste heat"; "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"
misapply, misuse - apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly; "The words are misapplied in this context"; "You are misapplying the name of this religious group"
avail - use to one's advantage; "He availed himself of the available resources"
exploit, work - use or manipulate to one's advantage; "He exploit the new taxation system"; "She knows how to work the system"; "he works his parents for sympathy"
strain, extend - use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity; "He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro"; "Don't strain your mind too much"
enjoy - have benefit from; "enjoy privileges"
take - travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route; "He takes the bus to work"; "She takes Route 1 to Newark"
share - use jointly or in common
implement - apply in a manner consistent with its purpose or design; "implement a procedure"
practice, use, apply - avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"
|2.||use - take or consume (regularly or habitually); "She uses drugs rarely"|
ingest, consume, have, take in, take - serve oneself to, or consume regularly; "Have another bowl of chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee"
tope, drink - drink excessive amounts of alcohol; be an alcoholic; "The husband drinks and beats his wife"
board - lodge and take meals (at)
|3.||use - use up, consume fully; "The legislature expended its time on school questions"|
abuse, misuse, pervert - change the inherent purpose or function of something; "Don't abuse the system"; "The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers"
abuse - use wrongly or improperly or excessively; "Her husband often abuses alcohol"; "while she was pregnant, she abused drugs"
spare - use frugally or carefully
take, use up, occupy - require (time or space); "It took three hours to get to work this morning"; "This event occupied a very short time"
squander, waste, blow - spend thoughtlessly; throw away; "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"; "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"
|4.||use - 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"|
exploit, work - use or manipulate to one's advantage; "He exploit the new taxation system"; "She knows how to work the system"; "he works his parents for sympathy"
|5.||use - avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"|
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize - put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use 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"
follow - adhere to or practice; "These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion"
|6.||use - 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"|
the use of steel in industry → el empleo or la utilización or el uso del acero en la industria
for the use of the blind → para (uso de) los ciegos
for use in case of emergency → para uso en caso de emergencia
care in the use of guns → cuidado m en el manejo de las armas de fuego
a new use for old tyres → un nuevo método para utilizar los neumáticos viejos
"directions for use" → modo de empleo
fit for use → servible, en buen estado
in use word in use → palabra f en uso or que se usa
to be in daily use → ser de uso diario
to be no longer in use → estar fuera de uso
it is not now in use → ya no se usa
it has not been in use for five years → hace cinco años que no se usa
an article in everyday use → un artículo de uso diario
to make use of → hacer uso de, usar; [+ right etc] → valerse de, ejercer
to make good use of → sacar partido or provecho de
out of use → en desuso
it is now out of use → ya no se usa, está en desuso
to go or fall out of use → caer en desuso
to put sth to good use → hacer buen uso de algo, sacar partido or provecho de algo
to put sth into use → poner algo en servicio
ready for use → listo (para ser usado)
it improves with use → mejora con el uso
we were instructed in the use of firearms → se nos instruyó en el manejo de armas de fuego
it has many uses → tiene muchos usos
can you find a use for this? → ¿te sirve esto?
it has its uses → tiene su utilidad
to be of use → servir, tener utilidad
can I be of any use? → ¿puedo ayudar?
to be no use he's no use as a teacher → no vale para profesor, no sirve como profesor
it's (of) no use → es inútil, no sirve para nada
it's no use discussing it further → es inútil or no vale la pena seguir discutiendo
I have no further use for it → ya no lo necesito, ya no me sirve para nada
to have no use for sb > → no aguantar a algn
I've no use for those who → no aguanto a los que ...
what's the use of all this? → ¿de qué sirve todo esto?
to have the use of to have the use of a garage → tener acceso a un garaje
I have the use of it on Sundays → me permiten usarlo los domingos, lo puedo usar los domingos
I have the use of the kitchen until 6p.m → puedo or tengo permitido usar la cocina hasta las seis
he lost the use of his arm → se le quedó inútil el brazo
he used a knife → empleó or usó or utilizó un cuchillo
are you using this book? → ¿te hace falta este libro?
which book did you use? → ¿qué libro consultaste?
it isn't used any more → ya no se usa
have you used a gun before? → ¿has manejado alguna vez una escopeta?
"use only in emergencies" → usar sólo en caso de emergencia
to use sth as a hammer → emplear or usar algo como martillo
to be used what's this used for? → ¿para qué sirve esto?, ¿para qué se utiliza esto?
the money is used for the poor → el dinero se dedica a los pobres
the word is no longer used → la palabra ya no se usa
this room could use some paint → a este cuarto no le vendría mal una mano de pintura
I could use a drink! → ¡no me vendría mal un trago!
to use sth for to use sth for a purpose → servirse de algo con un propósito
to use force → emplear la fuerza
careful how you use that razor! → ¡cuidado con la navaja esa!
to use every means → emplear todos los medios a su alcance (to do sth para hacer algo)
he said I could use his car → dijo que podía usar or utilizar su coche
I don't use my Spanish much → no uso mucho el español
you can use the leftovers in a soup → puedes usar las sobras para una sopa
he wants to use the bathroom → quiere usar el cuarto de baño; (= go to the toilet) → quiere ir al lavabo or (LAm) al baño
someone is using the bathroom → el lavabo or (LAm) el baño está ocupado
use your head or brains! → ¡usa el coco!
I used to go camping as a child → de pequeño solía or acostumbraba ir de acampada
I used to live in London → (antes) vivía en Londres
I didn't use to like maths, but now I love it → antes no me gustaban las matemáticas, pero ahora me encantan
but I used not to → pero antes no
things aren't what they used to be → las cosas ya no son lo que eran
we've used up all the paint → hemos acabado toda la pintura
when we've used up all our money → cuando hayamos gastado todo el dinero
please use up all the coffee → terminaos el café
the use of artificial drugs → l'emploi de drogues artificielles
microcomputers and their use in classrooms → les ordinateurs et leur utilisation en classe
ready for use → prêt(e) à l'emploi
to be in use [machine, technique, building] → être utilisé(e)
Industrial robots will be in widespread use → Les robots industriels seront largement utilisés.
to be out of use [machine, technique, building] → être hors d'usage
to go out of use → ne plus être utilisé(e)
to make use of sth [+ machine, technique, time] → utiliser qch
Metal detectors have many uses → Les détecteurs de métal ont de multiples usages.
She liked the fabric but couldn't find a use for it
BUT Elle aimait bien le tissu mais ne voyait ce qu'elle pouvait en faire.
to have a use for sth (= use) → utiliser qch (= need) → avoir besoin de qch
to be of use → être utile, servir
to be of use to sb → être utile à qn, servir à qn
to be no use → ne servir à rien
to be no use to sb [thing] → n'être d'aucune utilité à qn
I was no use to anyone
BUT Je n'étais utile à personne.
It's no use, I can't do it → Ça ne sert à rien, je n'y arrive pas.
it's no use doing sth → ça ne sert à rien de faire qch
It's no use shouting, she's deaf → Ça ne sert à rien de crier, elle est sourde.
there's no use doing sth (= no point) → inutile de faire qch
There's no use you asking me any more questions → Inutile de me poser plus de questions.
what's the use! → à quoi bon?
to have the use of sth [+ car] → pouvoir utiliser qch; [+ garage, facilities] → avoir l'usage de qch
to have the use of sth [+ limbs, faculties] → avoir l'usage de qch
Can we use a dictionary in the exam? → Est-ce qu'on peut utiliser un dictionnaire à l'examen?
what's this used for? → à quoi est-ce que ça sert?
can I use your phone?
BUT je peux téléphoner?.
Can I use your bathroom? → Est-ce que je peux utiliser vos toilettes?
use[n juːs; vb juːz]
a new use for old tyres → un nuovo modo di utilizzare vecchi copertoni
directions for use → istruzioni fpl per l'uso
for the use of the blind → ad uso dei non vedenti
for use in case of emergency → da usarsi in caso di emergenza
ready for use → pronto/a per l'uso
to make use of sth → far uso di qc, utilizzare qc
in use → in uso
out of use → fuori uso
is your old radio still in use? → funziona ancora la tua vecchia radio?
to be in daily use → venire adoperato/a quotidianamente
to be no longer in use → non essere più usato/a
it's gone or fallen out of use → non lo si usa più
for one's own use → per uso personale
fit for use → che si può ancora usare
to make good use of sth, put sth to good use → far buon uso di qc
to find a use for sth → trovare il modo di utilizzare qc
we have no further use for this → questo non ci serve più
it's (of) no use → non serve, è inutile
it's no use! → niente da fare!
it's no use discussing it further → non serve a niente continuare a discuterne
what's the use of all this? → a che serve tutto ciò?
she's no use as a teacher → non vale niente come insegnante
to use force → usare la forza
"to be used only in emergencies" → "da usare solo in caso d'emergenza"
to use sth as a hammer → usare qc come martello
what's this used for? → a che serve?
I could use a drink (fam) → non mi dispiacerebbe bere qualcosa
this room could use some paint (fam) → una passata di vernice non farebbe male a questa stanza
use your head or brains! → usa la testa or il cervello!
use your eyes! → apri gli occhi!
she used to do it → era solita farlo, lo faceva (una volta)
things are not what they used to be → non è più come una volta
use→ اِسْتِخْدَام, يَسْتَخْدِمُ použít, užívání brug, bruge verwenden, Verwendung χρήση, χρησιμοποιώ usar, uso käyttää, käyttö utilisation, utiliser rabiti, uporaba usare, uso 使用, 使用する 사용, 사용하다 gebruik, gebruiken bruk, bruke użyć, użytek usar, uso использование, использовать använda, användning ใช้, การใช้ kullanım, kullanmak sử dụng, việc sử dụng 使用
- Please use the meter
- It's for my own personal use (US)
It is for my own personal use (UK)
- How much does it cost to use a tennis court? (US)
How much is it to hire a tennis court? (UK)
- May I use your phone?
- Can I use messenger programs? (US)
Can I use messenger programmes? (UK)
- Can I use my own laptop here?
- Is there a fax machine I can use?
- Can I use my card with this ATM? (US)
Can I use my card with this cash machine? (UK)
- Can I use my card to get cash?
- May I use your phone, please? (US)
Can I use your phone, please? (UK)
- May I use your computer?
- May I use your desk?
- I use a wheelchair
- Can I use the restroom? (US)
Can I use the toilet? (UK)