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Verb: use  yooz
  1. Put into service; make work for a particular purpose or use as designed
    "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this tool"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer";
    - utilize, utilise [Brit], apply, employ
     
  2. Take or consume (regularly or habitually)
    "She uses drugs rarely";
    - habituate
     
  3. Spend time doing something so that less or no time is left
    "The legislature used its time on school questions";
    - expend
     
  4. 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"
     
  5. Make use of; obey or follow
    "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense";
    - practice [N. Amer], apply, practise [Brit, Cdn]
     
  6. Habitually do something (used 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"
Noun: use  yooz
  1. The act of using
    "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs";
    - usage, utilization, utilisation [Brit], employment, exercise
     
  2. What something is used for
    "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?";
    - function, purpose, role
     
  3. A particular service
    "he put his knowledge to good use"; "patrons have their uses"
     
  4. (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing
    "the use of energy has increased steadily";
    - consumption, economic consumption, usance, use of goods and services
     
  5. (psychology) an automatic pattern of behaviour in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition
    "long use had hardened him to it";
    - habit
     
  6. Exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage
    "his use of his friends was scandalous";
    - manipulation
     
  7. (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property
    "we were given the use of his boat";
    - enjoyment

Sounds like: tux, s, use, yews, ewes, yous

Derived forms: using, uses

See also: functional, nonfunctional, use up

Type of: act, activity, consume, custom, demand, exploit, have, influence, ingest, legal right, move, take, take in, usage, usance, usefulness, utility, work

Encyclopedia: Use