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English noun: use

1. use (act) the act of using

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

Synonymsemployment, exercise, usage, utilisation, utilization

Broader (hypernym)activity

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

2. use (attribute) what something is used for

SamplesThe function of an auger is to bore holes.
Ballet is beautiful but what use is it?.

Synonymsfunction, purpose, role

Broader (hypernym)usefulness, utility

Narrower (hyponym)raison d'etre

Attributefunctional, nonfunctional

3. use (attribute) a particular service

SamplesHe put his knowledge to good use.
Patrons have their uses.

Broader (hypernym)usefulness, utility

4. use (process) (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing

SamplesThe consumption of energy has increased steadily.

Synonymsconsumption, economic consumption, usance, use of goods and services

Broader (hypernym)demand

Narrower (hyponym)conspicuous consumption

Domain categoryeconomic science, economics, political economy

5. use (act) (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition

SamplesOwls have nocturnal habits.
She had a habit twirling the ends of her hair.
Long use had hardened him to it.


Broader (hypernym)custom, usage, usance

Narrower (hyponym)cleanliness, ritual, second nature

Domain categorypsychological science, psychology

6. use (act) exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage

SamplesHis manipulation of his friends was scandalous.


Broader (hypernym)influence

Narrower (hyponym)mind game

7. use (attribute) (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property

SamplesWe were given the use of his boat.


Broader (hypernym)legal right

Narrower (hyponym)fair use, fruition

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

English verb: use

1. use (consumption) put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

SamplesUse 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.

ExamplesThey use the animals

Synonymsapply, employ, utilise, utilize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Narrower (hyponym)address, assign, avail, cannibalise, cannibalize, commit, consecrate, dedicate, devote, enjoy, exercise, exert, exploit, exploit, extend, fall back, give, implement, misapply, misuse, overdrive, overuse, play, play, ply, pull out all the stops, put, put to work, recur, recycle, reprocess, resort, reuse, share, strain, take, tap, waste, work, work

Causeapply, go for, hold

Verb groupapply, practice, use

2. use (consumption) take or consume (regularly or habitually)

SamplesShe uses drugs rarely.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)consume, have, ingest, take, take in

Narrower (hyponym)board, drink, tope

3. use (consumption) use up, consume fully

SamplesThe legislature expended its time on school questions.

ExamplesThey use the money


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)abuse, abuse, blow, misuse, occupy, pervert, spare, squander, take, use up, waste

Entailconsume, deplete, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out

4. use (social) seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage

SamplesShe uses her influential friends to get jobs.
The president's wife used her good connections.

ExamplesThey use him to write the letter

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)exploit, work

Narrower (hyponym)take advantage, trespass

5. use (social) avail oneself to

SamplesApply a principle.
Practice a religion.
Use care when going down the stairs.
Use your common sense.
Practice non-violent resistance.

Synonymsapply, practice

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)follow

Verb groupapply, employ, use, utilise, utilize

6. use (social) habitually do something (use only in the past tense)

SamplesShe 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.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)act, move

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