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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act, manner, or amount of using; use.
  • noun The act or manner of treating; treatment.
  • noun Habitual or accepted practice.
  • noun A usual, habitual, or accepted practice.
  • noun The way in which words or phrases are actually used, spoken, or written in a speech community.
  • noun A particular expression in speech or writing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Use; enjoyment.
  • noun The act of using.
  • noun Mode of using or treating; treatment.
  • noun Long-continued use or practice; customary way of acting; habitual use; custom; practice: as, the ancient usage of Parliament.
  • noun Established or customary mode of employing a particular word, phrase, or construction; current locution.
  • noun Manners; behavior; conduct.
  • noun Synonyms Habit, Manner, etc. See custom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of using; mode of using or treating; treatment; conduct with respect to a person or a thing.
  • noun obsolete Manners; conduct; behavior.
  • noun Long-continued practice; customary mode of procedure; custom; habitual use; method.
  • noun Customary use or employment, as of a word or phrase in a particular sense or signification.
  • noun obsolete Experience.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The manner or the amount of using; use
  • noun Habit or accepted practice
  • noun lexicography The ways and contexts in which spoken and written words are used, determined by a lexicographer's intuition or from corpus analysis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of using
  • noun accepted or habitual practice
  • noun the customary manner in which a language (or a form of a language) is spoken or written

Etymologies

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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