1. [ verb ] put into service; make work or employ (something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
Synonyms: apply employ utilize utilise

: "use your head!" "I can't make use of this tool" "Apply a magnetic field here" "This thinking was applied to many projects"

Related terms: put give take share enjoy exert implement waste exploit fall_back strain exploit avail work misapply misapply address recycle pull_out_all_the_stops cannibalize overuse ply play play practice utility user apply
2. [ noun ] the act of using
Synonyms: usage exercise utilization employment utilisation

"he warned against the use of narcotic drugs" "skilled in the utilization of computers"

Related terms: activity application exploitation practice misuse play recycling practice
3. [ noun ] a particular service

"he put his knowledge to good use" "patrons have their uses"

Related terms: utility practice
4. [ noun ] what something is used for
Synonyms: purpose function role

"the function of an auger is to bore holes" "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"

Related terms: utility raison_d'etre serve functional nonfunctional
5. [ noun ] (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing
Synonyms: economic_consumption usance use_of_goods_and_services consumption

"the consumption of energy has increased steadily"

Related terms: demand conspicuous_consumption economics
6. [ noun ] a pattern of behavior acquired through frequent repetition
Synonyms: habit wont

"she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair" "long use had hardened him to it"

Related terms: custom cleanliness second_nature uncleanliness ritual
7. [ noun ] (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property
Synonyms: enjoyment

"we were given the use of his boat"

Related terms: legal_right fair_use fruition law
8. [ verb ] take or consume (regularly)
Synonyms: habituate

"She uses drugs rarely"

Related terms: consume drink board habit drug_user
9. [ verb ] use up, consume fully
Synonyms: expend

The legislature expended its time on school questions."

Related terms: take waste spend pervert spare consume spend consumption consume
10. [ verb ] 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"

Related terms: exploit trespass manipulation
11. [ verb ] conduct oneself toward; treat or handle

"You can't use people to achieve your own evil plans!"

Related terms: act treat trespass custom
12. [ noun ] exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage
Synonyms: manipulation

"his manipulation of his friends was scandalous"

Related terms: influence mind_game
13. [ verb ] avail oneself to
Synonyms: practice apply

"apply a principle" "practice a religion" "use care when going down the stairs" "use your common sense" "practice non-violent resistance"

Related terms: effect follow practice practice
14. [ verb ] 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"

Related terms: act
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