Definition of USE

noun : USE

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 3. (

    ) a particular service; "he put his knowledge to good use"; "patrons have their uses" ;

  • 5. (

    ) (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition; "owls have nocturnal habits"; "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use had hardened him to it" ;

  • 6. (

    ) exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage; "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous" ;

  • 7. (

    ) (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property; "we were given the use of his boat" ;

verb : USE

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer" ;

  • 2. (

    ) take or consume (regularly or habitually); "She uses drugs rarely" ;

  • 3. (

    ) use up, consume fully; "The legislature expended its time on school questions" ;

  • 4. (

    ) seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage; "She uses her influential friends to get jobs"; "The president's wife used her good connections" ;

  • 5. (

    ) avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance" ;

  • 6. (

    ) habitually do something or be in a certan state or place (use only in the past tense); "She used to call her mother every week but now she calls only occasionally"; "I used to get sick when I ate in that dining hall"; "They used to vacation in the Bahamas"; "she used to be his best friend and now they are enemies" ;

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