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Noun: using  yoo-zing
  1. An act that exploits or victimizes someone (treats them unfairly)
    - exploitation, victimization, victimisation [Brit]
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 or be in a certain state or place (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"; "she used to be his best friend and now they are enemies"

Derived forms: usings

See also: exhaust

Type of: act, consume, exploit, have, ingest, mistreatment, move, take, take in, work

Encyclopedia: Using