American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To put into service or apply for a purpose; employ.
- v. To avail oneself of; practice: use caution.
- v. To conduct oneself toward; treat or handle: "the peace offering of a man who once used you unkindly” ( Laurence Sterne).
- v. To seek or achieve an end by means of; exploit: used their highly placed friends to gain access to the president; felt he was being used by seekers of favor.
- v. To take or consume; partake of: She rarely used alcohol.
- v. Used in the past tense followed by to in order to indicate a former state, habitual practice, or custom: Mail service used to be faster.
- n. The act of using; the application or employment of something for a purpose: with the use of a calculator; skilled in the use of the bow and arrow.
- n. The condition or fact of being used: a chair in regular use.
- n. The manner of using; usage: learned the proper use of power tools.
- n. The permission, privilege, or benefit of using something: gave us the use of their summerhouse.
- n. The power or ability to use something: lost the use of one arm.
- n. The need or occasion to use or employ: have no use for these old clothes.
- n. The quality of being suitable or adaptable to an end; usefulness: tried to be of use in the kitchen.
- n. A purpose for which something is used: a tool with several uses; a pretty bowl, but of what use is it?
- n. Gain or advantage; good: There's no use in discussing it. What's the use?
- n. Accustomed or usual procedure or practice.
- n. Law Enjoyment of property, as by occupying or exercising it.
- n. Law The benefit or profit of lands and tenements of which the legal title and possession are vested in another.
- n. Law The arrangement establishing the equitable right to such benefits and profits.
- n. A liturgical form practiced in a particular church, ecclesiastical district, or community.
- n. Obsolete Usual occurrence or experience.
- use up To consume completely: used up all our money.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. plural Rough iron forgings sold to be subsequently worked down into finished shapes in the forge, or heating furnace, by hammer or press. They are used also for porter-bars, or to build up larger forgings not made from an ingot.
- n. The act of employing anything, or the state of being employed; employment; application; conversion to a purpose, especially a profitable purpose.
- n. That property of a thing (or character of a person) which renders it suitable for a purpose; adaptability to the attainment of an end; usefulness; availability; utility; serviceableness; service; convenience; help; profit: as, a thing of no use.
- n. Need for employing; occasion to employ; necessity; exigency; need.
- n. Continued or repeated practice or employment; custom; wont; usage; habit.
- n. Common occurrence; ordinary experience.
- n. Interest for money; usury. [Obsolete or archaic.]
- n. That part of a sermon devoted to a practical application of the doctrine expounded.
- n. In liturgics, the distinctive ritual and liturgical forms and observances, collectively and singly, of a particular church, diocese, group of dioceses, or community; as, Sarum use; Aberdeen use; Anglican use; Roman use. The term is most frequently applied to the varieties of ritual and liturgical usage in England before the Reformation and to monastic and Roman usage as differing from these, and also to the different local varieties of the ancient Gallican offices. In England the several uses were those of Sarum, York, Hereford, Bangor, Lincoln, etc. These had a common family likeness, and differed considerably from Roman use. The most important of them was Sarum or Salisbury use, which was the form of service compiled about 1085 from various diocesan uses, English and Norman, by St. Osmund, bishop of Salisbury and chancellor of England. The use of Sarum prevailed throughout the greater part of England, and in 1542 it was ordered to be observed throughout the whole province of Canterbury. The Book of Common Prayer, first issued in 1549, and founded mainly on Salisbury use, established a uniform liturgy for the whole Church of England, but, except by implication of certain rubrics, left the exact mode of ritual observance in many respects unprovided for. See
liturgy, 3 .
- n. To have no liking for.
- To employ for the attainment of some purpose or end; avail one's self of. To make use of: as, to
usea plow; to use a book.
- To employ; expend; consume; as, to use flour for food; to use water for irrigation.
- To practise or employ, in a general way; do, exercise, etc.
- To practise customarily; make a practice of.
- To act or behave toward; treat; as, to use one well or ill.
- To accustom; habituate; render familiar by practice; inure: common in the past participle: as, soldiers used to hardships.
- To frequent; visit often or habitually.
- To comport; behave; demean: used reflexively.
- To have sexual intercourse with.
- To exhaust, as one's means or strength; wear out; leave no force or capacity in; as, the man is completely used up.
- To be accustomed; practise customarily; be in the habit; as, he used to go there regularly.
- To be wont; be customary; customarily be, do, or effect something specified.
- To be accustomed to go; linger or stay habitually; dwell.
- To communicate; receive the eucharist.
- n. In law, the benefit or profit (with power to direct disposal) of property—technically of lands and tenements—in the possession of another who simply holds them for the beneficiary; the equitable ownership of lands the legal title to which is in another. He to whose use or benefit the trust is intended enjoys the use of profits, and is called
cestui que use. Since the Statute of Uses, the gift or grant of real property to the use of a person transfers to him directly the legal title; and the term trust is now commonly used to denote the kind of estate formerly signified by use, so far as the law now permits it to exist. (See trust, 5.) Uses apply only to lands of inheritance; no use can subsist of leaseholds.
- n. Charitable uses, Charitable Uses Act. See
- n. In customary practice or observance.
- n. a use, confidence, or trust in any hereditaments should be deemed and adjudged in lawful seizin, estate, and possession of the same estate that he had in use—that is, that he, instead of the nominal grantee or trustee, should become the full legal owner. This principle has been adopted by provisions, known by the same title, in the legislation of most of the United States.
- n. The act of using.
- n. uncountable, followed by "of" Usefulness, benefit.
- n. A function; a purpose for which something may be employed.
- n. obsolete (rare) Interest for lent money; premium paid for the use of something; usury.
- v. archaic To accustom; to habituate.
- v. transitive To employ; to apply; to utilize.
- v. transitive, often with “up” To exhaust the supply of; to consume by employing
- v. transitive To exploit.
- v. intransitive, literary To habitually do; to be wont to do.
- v. intransitive To habitually do. See used to.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of employing anything, or of applying it to one's service; the state of being so employed or applied; application; employment; conversion to some purpose.
- n. Occasion or need to employ; necessity.
- n. Yielding of service; advantage derived; capability of being used; usefulness; utility.
- n. Continued or repeated practice; customary employment; usage; custom; manner; habit.
- n. rare Common occurrence; ordinary experience.
- n. (Eccl.) The special form of ritual adopted for use in any diocese.
- n. obsolete The premium paid for the possession and employment of borrowed money; interest; usury.
- n. (Law) The benefit or profit of lands and tenements.
Useimports a trust and confidence reposed in a man for the holding of lands. He to whose useor benefit the trust is intended shall enjoy the profits. An estate is granted and limited to A for the useof B.
- n. (Forging) A stab of iron welded to the side of a forging, as a shaft, near the end, and afterward drawn down, by hammering, so as to lengthen the forging.
- v. To make use of; to convert to one's service; to avail one's self of; to employ; to put a purpose
- v. To behave toward; to act with regard to; to treat.
- v. To practice customarily; to make a practice of.
- v. To accustom; to habituate; to render familiar by practice; to inure; -- employed chiefly in the passive participle.
- v. To be wont or accustomed; to be in the habit or practice; ; -- now disused in the present tense, perhaps because of the similarity in sound, between “
useto,” and “ usedto.”
- v. obsolete To be accustomed to go; to frequent; to inhabit; to dwell; -- sometimes followed by
- v. seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage
- v. avail oneself to
- v. habitually do something (use only in the past tense)
- n. a particular service
- v. use up, consume fully
- n. what something is used for
- v. take or consume (regularly or habitually)
- n. the act of using
- n. exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage
- n. (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition
- v. put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
- n. (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing
- n. (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property
- From Middle English usen, from Old French user ("use, employ, practice"), from Vulgar Latin *usare (“use”), frequentative form of past participle stem of Latin uti ("to use"). Replaced native Middle English noten, nutten ("to use") (from Old English notian, nēotan, nyttian) and Middle English brouken, bruken ("to use, enjoy") (from Old English brūcan). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English usen, from Old French user, from Vulgar Latin *ūsāre, frequentative of Latin ūtī. N., Middle English, from Old French us, from Latin ūsus, from past participle of ūtī. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Useful for many years to come…..use it to conceive and then use it under a crystal candy bowl on your end table.”
“«Against the swine one can use the same weapons they use».”
“Now, since the most important aspect of a thing is what we can do with it, what use it can be to us, usually meaning centers about _use_.”
“Sterilise these before use by boiling, and disinfect them _after use_ by the same means.”
“By proper use of the contents of this package disease may be prevented, as the action upon the germs is as effective as can be secured by the latest scientific knowledge; if exposed, _use within two hours_.”
“But the innovation reached even to the commonest words in every-day use, so that _voice_ drove out _steven, poor_ drove out _earm_, and _color, use_, and _place_ made good their footing beside”
“A healthy man can't use them in moderation, because _use_ is”
“For we would give much to use violent thefts," which is objectionable, not merely because it wanders from the text, but because it inserts a phrase, "to _use_ violent thefts," which is awkward and unlike Shakspeare.”
“The use of every organ has been discovered by starting from the assumption _that it must have some use_.”
“Never debate in your mind, Willy, of what use are these things which God has made -- for of what _use_, then, is man, the most endowed and the most perverse of all creation, except to show the goodness and the forbearance of the Almighty!”
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