from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The manner or the amount of using; use
- n. Habit or accepted practice
- n. The ways and contexts in which spoken and written words are used, determined by a lexicographer's intuition or from corpus analysis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of using; mode of using or treating; treatment; conduct with respect to a person or a thing.
- n. 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. Experience.
from The 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of using
- n. accepted or habitual practice
- n. the customary manner in which a language (or a form of a language) is spoken or written
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)
From Anglo-Norman and Old French usage. (Wiktionary)