HyperDic: in_use

English > 2 senses of the expression in use:
ADJECTIVEallin use, busy, engaged(of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability
allin usecurrently being used
English > in use: 2 senses > adjective 1
Meaning(of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability; ('engaged' is a British term for a busy telephone line).
Example "the lavatory is in use"
Synonymsbusy, engaged
Broaderoccupiedheld or filled or in use
Spanishocupado
English > in use: 2 senses > adjective 2
Meaningcurrently being used.
Example"robots are in use throughout industry"
Broaderusedemployed in accomplishing / accomplishing something

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