[verb yooz or for pt for mof 9, yoost; noun yoos] /verb yuz or for pt for mof 9, yust; noun yus/
verb (used with object), used, using.
to employ for some purpose; put into service; make use of:
to use a knife.
to avail oneself of; apply to one’s own purposes:
to use the facilities.
to expend or consume in use:
We have used the money provided.
to treat or behave toward:
He did not use his employees with much consideration.
to take unfair advantage of; exploit:
to use people to gain one’s own ends.
to drink, smoke, or ingest habitually:
to use drugs.
to habituate or accustom.
Archaic. to practice habitually or customarily; make a practice of.
verb (used without object), used, using.
to be accustomed, wont, or customarily found (used with an infinitive expressed or understood, and, except in archaic use, now only in the past):
He used to go every day.
Archaic. to resort, stay, or dwell customarily.
the act of employing, using, or putting into service:
the use of tools.
the state of being employed or used.
an instance or way of employing or using something:
proper use of the tool; the painter’s use of color.
a way of being employed or used; a purpose for which something is used:
He was of temporary use. The instrument has different uses.
the power, right, or privilege of employing or using something:
to lose the use of the right eye; to be denied the use of a library card.
service or advantage in or for being employed or used; utility or usefulness:
of no practical use.
help; profit; resulting good:
What’s the use of pursuing the matter?
occasion or need, as for something to be employed or used:
Would you have any use for another calendar?
continued, habitual, or customary employment or practice; custom:
to follow the prevailing use of such occasions.
Liturgy. the distinctive form of ritual or of any liturgical observance used in a particular church, diocese, community, etc.
usual or customary experience.
have no use for,
make use of, to use for one’s own purposes; employ:
Charitable organizations will make use of your old furniture and clothing.
of no use, of no advantage or help:
It’s of no use to look for that missing earring. It’s no use asking her to go.
Also, no use.
put to use, to apply; employ to advantage:
What a shame that no one has put that old deserted mansion to use!
verb (transitive) (juːz)
to put into service or action; employ for a given purpose: to use a spoon to stir with
to make a practice or habit of employing; exercise: he uses his brain
to behave towards: to use a friend well
to behave towards in a particular way for one’s own ends: he uses people
to consume, expend, or exhaust: the engine uses very little oil
(mainly US & Canadian) to partake of (alcoholic drink, drugs, etc) or smoke (tobacco, marijuana, etc)
the act of using or the state of being used: the carpet wore out through constant use
the ability, right, or permission to use
the occasion to use; need: I have no use for this paper
an instance or manner of using
usefulness; advantage: it is of no use to complain
custom; practice; habit: long use has inured him to it
the purpose for which something is used; end
(Christianity) a distinctive form of liturgical or ritual observance, esp one that is traditional in a Church or group of Churches
the enjoyment of property, land, etc, by occupation or by deriving revenue or other benefit from it
(law) the beneficial enjoyment of property the legal title to which is held by another person as trustee
(law) an archaic word for trust (sense 7)
(philosophy, logic, linguistics) the occurrence of an expression in such a context that it performs its own linguistic function rather than being itself referred to. In “Fido” refers to Fido, the name Fido is ‘used’ only on the second occurrence, first being mentioned Compare mention (sense 7) See also material mode
have no use for
make use of
See US English
mid-13c., from Old French user “use, employ, practice,” from Vulgar Latin *usare “use,” frequentative form of past participle stem of Latin uti “to use,” in Old Latin oeti “use, employ, exercise, perform,” of unknown origin. Related: Used; using. Replaced Old English brucan (see brook (v.)).
early 13c., from Old French us, from Latin usus “use, custom, skill, habit,” from past participle stem of uti (see use (v.)).
Cocaine; the LADY
the boys uptown
[1960s+ Narcotics; fr the aristocratic and wealthy overtones of cocaine as compared with other narcotics, fr the earlier sense of uptown, ”affluent, swanky,” as distinct fr downtown; the topography and demography of Manhattan Island underlie these senses]
adjective 1. (of a computer) capable of being used by several people at once operating system A term describing an operating system or application program that can be used by several people concurrently; opposite of single-user. Unix is an example of a multi-user operating system, whereas most (but not all) versions of Microsoft Windows are […]
- Multi-user dimension
games (MUD) (Or Multi-User Domain, originally “Multi-User Dungeon”) A class of multi-player interactive game, accessible via the Internet or a modem. A MUD is like a real-time chat forum with structure; it has multiple “locations” like an adventure game and may include combat, traps, puzzles, magic and a simple economic system. A MUD where characters […]
- Multi-user dungeon
- Multi-user shared hallucination
communications, application (MUSH) A user-extendable MUD. A MUSH provides commands which the players can use to construct new rooms or make objects and puzzles for other players to explore. (http://cis.upenn.edu/~lwl/muds.html). (1995-03-16)