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use

use

 
 
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
pronunciation: yuz [or] yus
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.
She used her week's pay to buy groceries.
synonyms:
spend
similar words:
eat, occupy
definition 3: used with the past tense to describe an action or state that existed in the past but does not happen or exist now.
Brian used to smoke, but he stopped last year.I don't play soccer now, but I used to.Did you use to live in our building?
similar words:
would
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: yus
definition 1: way of using.
I like this artist's use of color.
synonyms:
usage
similar words:
application, employment, style
definition 2: ability to use.
She lost the use of her thumb in an accident.
similar words:
enjoyment, functioning, operation, run
definition 3: advantage or good result.
There is no use in fighting.
synonyms:
advantage, benefit, usefulness
similar words:
good, point, service, value, worth
definition 4: purpose.
This machine has many uses.
synonyms:
function, purpose
similar words:
capacity, role
definition 5: occasion or need to use.
I no longer have any use for this fur coat.
similar words:
necessity, need, requirement
Word Builder: use +
  • user:
    a person who uses something.