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use

use

 
 
parts of speech:
verb, intransitive verb, noun
phrases:
use up, make use of
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part of speech: verb
pronunciation: yuz
inflections: used, uses, using
definition 1: to bring into service.
I used a computer to type my report.
synonyms:
employ
similar words:
apply, work
definition 2: to spend; consume.
He used his last dollar to buy some bread.
synonyms:
consume, spend
similar words:
devour, eat, occupy
phrase: use up
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: yus
definition: used in the past tense with "to," to show a past habit or state.
We used to go shopping every Saturday, but now we go on Sundays.Didn't you use to have long hair?
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: yus
definition 1: the act or practice of using.
We made use of wood for heating this year.
synonyms:
application, employment, usage
similar words:
exercise
definition 2: the fact or condition of being used.
The radio is always in use.
synonyms:
employment, operation
similar words:
service
definition 3: way of using.
I love this writer's use of words.
synonyms:
usage
similar words:
application, employment, style
definition 4: ability or permission to use.
She lost the use of her thumb.The neighbors gave us use of their pool while they were on vacation.
similar words:
enjoyment, functioning, operation, run
definition 5: benefit; advantage.
There is no use in fighting.
synonyms:
advantage, benefit, profit, usefulness
similar words:
account, gain, good, point, service, value, worth
definition 6: purpose.
This machine has many uses.
synonyms:
function, purpose
similar words:
account, application, capacity, role
phrase: make use of
Word Builder: use +
  • user:
    a person who uses something.