American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act, manner, or amount of using; use: the usage of a technical term; an instrument that measures water usage.
- n. The act or manner of treating; treatment: subjected the car to rough usage.
- n. A usual, habitual, or accepted practice. See Synonyms at habit.
- n. The way in which words or phrases are actually used, spoken, or written in a speech community.
- n. A particular expression in speech or writing: a nonce usage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Use; enjoyment.
- n. The act of using.
- n. Mode of using or treating; treatment.
- n. Long-continued use or practice; customary way of acting; habitual use; custom; practice: as, the ancient usage of Parliament. Technically, in English law, usage has a different signification from
custom, in not implying immemorial existence or general prevalence. In earlier times custom was defined as a law created or evidenced by immemorial usage. Some American writers use the terms as practically equivalent, except in regarding usage as the facts by which the existence of custom is proved; others treat usage as the habit of individuals or classes, such as those engaged in a particular trade or business, and custom as the habit of communities or localities.
- n. Established or customary mode of employing a particular word, phrase, or construction; current locution.
- n. Manners; behavior; conduct.
- n. Synonyms Habit, Manner, etc. See custom.
- n. The manner or the amount of using; use
- n. Habit or accepted practice
- n. lexicography The ways and contexts in which spoken and written words are used, determined by a lexicographer's intuition or from corpus analysis.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of using; mode of using or treating; treatment; conduct with respect to a person or a thing.
- n. obsolete Manners; conduct; behavior.
- n. Long-continued practice; customary mode of procedure; custom; habitual use; method.
- n. Customary use or employment, as of a word or phrase in a particular sense or signification.
- n. obsolete Experience.
- From Anglo-Norman and Old French usage. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from us, from Latin ūsus, from past participle of ūtī, to use. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The only way it at all bothers me in usage is when it is overused or redundant, as in, “These ONES are the shoes I want.””
“The most common complaint about the European model of train usage is that it is skewed towards passenger travel.”
“This one over here is a word usage filter: a sort of advanced search engine, with a whole host of search parameters.”
“Consistency in usage is desirable but perfect consistency is very hard indeed to attain even for the most professional publishers.”
“Words get reused in different disciplines and words become trendy and overused, but neither of these things makes a word usage incorrect or inappropriate.”
“An in-class semantic (referring to the meaning of words) or verbal paraphasia is a word usage that, although imprecise, remains understandable because the approximate word or phrase relates to some characteristic of the precise word (e.g., its basic function or class).”
“The scientists ran linguistic crunches on the text of each email to infer how "new" its information was-judging newness by how unusual the word usage was compared with the recruiter's norm.”
“I would bet this usage is at home/office etc instead of being truly mobile ….”
“To determine if a usage is acceptable or not, it makes more sense to look at how well-regarded writers use the word, and to look at what other usage writers say about it, and the rationales they give.”
“This usage is a frank (and not entirely accurate) imitation of the mediaeval usage, of course.”
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