Associations to the word «Use»


USE, noun. The act of using.
USE, noun. (uncountable) (followed by "of") Usefulness, benefit.
USE, noun. A function; a purpose for which something may be employed.
USE, noun. Occasion or need to employ; necessity.
USE, noun. (obsolete) (rare) Interest for lent money; premium paid for the use of something; usury.
USE, noun. (archaic) Continued or repeated practice; usage; habit.
USE, noun. (obsolete) Common occurrence; ordinary experience.
USE, noun. (religion) The special form of ritual adopted for use in any diocese.
USE, noun. (forging) A slab of iron welded to the side of a forging, such as a shaft, near the end, and afterward drawn down, by hammering, so as to lengthen the forging.
USE, verb. (archaic) To accustom; to habituate.
USE, verb. (transitive) To employ; to apply; to utilize.
USE, verb. (transitive) (often with “up”) To exhaust the supply of; to consume by employing
USE, verb. (transitive) To exploit.
USE, verb. (dated) To behave toward; to act with regard to; to treat.
USE, verb. (intransitive) (now rare) (literary) To habitually do; to be wont to do.
USE, verb. (intransitive) (past tense with infinitive) To habitually do. See used to.
USE A SLEDGEHAMMER TO CRACK A NUT, verb. (idiomatic) To use significantly excessive force to carry out an action; to do something overzealously
USE CASE, noun. (software engineering) A description of a potential scenario in which a system receives an external request (such as user input) and responds to it.
USE CASES, noun. Plural of use case
USE ONE'S HEAD, verb. (idiomatic) To think carefully, especially as an alternative to being guided by one's emotions.
USE ONE'S HEAD, verb. (humorous) To headbutt.
USE ONE'S LOAF, verb. (Cockney rhyming slang) To think.
USE ONE'S NOGGIN, verb. (idiomatic) To think, especially in a careful or clever manner.
USE TAX, noun. (US) A charge imposed on the use or possession of personal property
USE THE BATHROOM, verb. (euphemistic) to urinate or defecate
USE THE RESTROOM, verb. (euphemistic) to urinate or defecate
USE THE TOILET, verb. (euphemistic) to urinate or defecate
USE THE WASHROOM, verb. (euphemistic) to urinate or defecate
USE UP, verb. (of a resource) to consume, deplete or exhaust
USE UP, verb. (of time or space) to take or occupy

Dictionary definition

USE, noun. The act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers".
USE, noun. What something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?".
USE, noun. A particular service; "he put his knowledge to good use"; "patrons have their uses".
USE, noun. (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing; "the consumption of energy has increased steadily".
USE, noun. (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition; "owls have nocturnal habits"; "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use had hardened him to it".
USE, noun. Exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage; "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous".
USE, noun. (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property; "we were given the use of his boat".
USE, verb. Put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer".
USE, verb. Take or consume (regularly or habitually); "She uses drugs rarely".
USE, verb. Use up, consume fully; "The legislature expended its time on school questions".
USE, 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".
USE, verb. Avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance".
USE, 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".

Wise words

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