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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French, from us, from Latin ūsus, from past participle of ūtī, to use.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman and Old French usage.



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