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v. used, us·ing, us·es
1. To put into service or employ for a purpose: I used a whisk to beat the eggs. The song uses only three chords.
2. To avail oneself of; practice: use caution.
3. To conduct oneself toward; treat or handle: "the peace offering of a man who once used you unkindly" (Laurence Sterne).
4. To seek or achieve an end by means of; exploit: used their highly placed friends to gain access to the president; felt he was being used by seekers of favor.
a. To take or consume for a purpose: She used her savings to buy a computer.
b. To partake of, especially as a habit: She rarely uses alcohol.
1. (yo͞os, yo͞ost) Used in the past tense followed by to in order to indicate a former state, habitual practice, or custom: Mail service used to be faster.
2. Slang To take an illegal or narcotic drug, especially as a habit.
n. (yo͞os)Phrasal Verb:
a. The act of using something; the application or employment of something for a purpose: with the use of a calculator; skilled in the use of the bow and arrow.
b. The condition or fact of being used: a chair in regular use.
2. The manner of using; usage: learned the proper use of power tools.
a. The permission, privilege, or benefit of using something: gave us the use of their summerhouse.
b. The power or ability to use something: lost the use of one arm.
4. The need or occasion to use or employ something: I have no use for these old clothes.
5. The quality of being suitable or adaptable to an end; usefulness: I tried to be of use in the kitchen.
6. A purpose for which something is used: a tool with several uses; a pretty bowl, but of what use is it?
7. Gain or advantage; good: There's no use in discussing it. What's the use?
a. Accustomed or usual procedure or practice: "We are but creatures of use and custom" (Mark Twain).
b. A particular custom or practice: uses introduced by recent immigrants.
a. Enjoyment of property, as by occupying or employing it.
b. The benefit or profit of lands and tenements of which the legal title is vested in another.
c. The arrangement establishing the equitable right to such benefits and profits.
10. A liturgical form practiced in a particular church, ecclesiastical district, or community.
To consume completely: used up all our money.
make use of
To use for a purpose.
[Middle English usen, from Old French user, from Vulgar Latin *ūsāre, frequentative of Latin ūtī. N., Middle English, from Old French us, from Latin ūsus, from past participle of ūtī.]
Usage Note: The verb use is used in the past tense with an infinitive to indicate a past condition or habitual practice: We used to live in that house. Because the -d in used has merged with the t of to and is not pronounced in these constructions, people sometimes mistakenly leave it out when writing. Thus it is incorrect to write We use to play tennis. When do occurs with this form of use in negative statements and in questions, the situation is reversed, and use to (not used to) is correct: You did not use to play on that team. Didn't she use to work for your company?
vb (tr, adverb)
1. to finish (a supply); consume completely
2. to exhaust; wear out
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|Verb||1.||use up - use up (resources or materials); "this car consumes a lot of gas"; "We exhausted our savings"; "They run through 20 bottles of wine a week"|
run out - exhaust the supply of; "We ran out of time just as the discussion was getting interesting"
drain - deplete of resources; "The exercise class drains me of energy"
spend - spend completely; "I spend my pocket money in two days"
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"
|2.||use up - require (time or space); "It took three hours to get to work this morning"; "This event occupied a very short time"|
deplete, use up, wipe out, eat up, exhaust, run through, eat, consume - use up (resources or materials); "this car consumes a lot of gas"; "We exhausted our savings"; "They run through 20 bottles of wine a week"
be - spend or use time; "I may be an hour"
1. To put into action or use:
1. To use all of:
Informal: polish off.
1. The act of putting into play:
4. The quality of being suitable or adaptable to an end:
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