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English noun: usage

1. usage (act) the act of using

SamplesHe warned against the use of narcotic drugs.
Skilled in the utilization of computers.

Synonymsemployment, exercise, use, utilisation, utilization

Broader (hypernym)activity

Narrower (hyponym)abuse, application, development, exploitation, misuse, play, practical application, practice, recycling

2. usage (act) accepted or habitual practice

Synonymscustom, usance

Broader (hypernym)pattern, practice, survival

Narrower (hyponym)Americanism, Anglicism, Britishism, consuetude, couvade, Germanism, habit, hijab, rite, ritual, use

3. usage (communication) the customary manner in which a language (or a form of a language) is spoken or written

SamplesEnglish usage.
A usage borrowed from French.

Broader (hypernym)language, linguistic communication

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