Definition of use
What does the word use mean?
part of speech: verb transitive, intransitive
Employ for a purpose, handle as instrument, consume as material, exercise, put into operation, avail oneself of, as seldom u. a knife, should u. oil for frying, we seem to u. a great deal of butter, never u. a dictionary, learn to u. your hands, u. your wits, must u. the services of an agent, shall u. every means, must u. your opportunities, u. your discretion, should at least u. some moderation, may I u. your name (quote you as authority, reference, &c.).?, do not fail to u. (in argument, pleading, &c.) this damaging fact, has used my absence to poison everyone against me; treat in specified manner, as has used me like a dog, how did he u. you?, used me ill, illused me; (now only in past, usu. pron. ust, esp. when followed immediately by to) be accustomed, have as one\'s constant or frequent practice, as I used to take the bus, does not come as often as he used (to), bell used always to ring at one, what used he to say?, used not (colloq. didn\'t u.) to answer; (now only in p.p., pron. as last sense) accustomed, as am not used to this sort of thing, to being called a liar, have become used to a vegetarian diet; u. up, consume the whole of (material &c.). find a use for (remaining material &c.), exhaust, wear out e.g. with overwork. Hence usable a., user n. [old French]
part of speech: noun
Using, employment, application to a purpose, as should recommend the u. of a file, taught him the u. of the globes, put it to a good u., is meant for u. not ornament, is in daily u., becomes easier with u., worn& polished with u., made u. of (employed) a quibble, pray make u. of my telephone; right or power of using, as stipulated for the u. of the piano, lost the u. of his left arm; availability, utility, purpose for which thing can be used, as a blunt knife is of u. for this work, a foot-rule will be found of (great) u., it is (of) no u. talking or to talk, what is the u. of talking?, talking is no u., find a u. for banana-skins, I have no u. for it; custom, want, familiarity, as long u. has reconciled me to it, in such matters u. is everything, according to his u. in emergencies, u. & wont; ritual& liturgy of a church, diocese, &c., as Sarum, Anglican, Roman, u.; (Law) benefit or profit of lands& tenements in the possession of another who holds them solely for the beneficiary. [old French]