HyperDic: use

English > 13 senses of the word use:
VERBconsumptionuse, utilize, utilise, apply, employput into service
consumptionuse, habituatetake or consume (regularly or habitually)
consumptionuse, expenduse up, consume fully
socialuseseek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage
socialuse, practice, applyavail oneself to
socialusehabitually do something (use only in the past tense)
NOUNactuse, usage, utilization, utilisation, employment, exercisethe act of using
attributeuse, function, purpose, rolewhat something is used for
attributeusea particular service
processuse, consumption, economic consumption, usance, use of goods and services(economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing
actuse, habit(psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation
actuse, manipulationexerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage
attributeuse, enjoyment(law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy / enjoy the benefits of owning property
use > pronunciation
Soundsyuw's; yuw'z
Rhymesabstruse ... Zeus: 40 rhymes with uws...
abuse ... values: 47 rhymes with uwz...
English > use: 13 senses > noun 1, act
MeaningThe act of using.
Example"he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"
Synonymsusage, utilization, utilisation, employment, exercise
Narrowerapplication, practical applicationThe act of bringing something to bear
exploitation, developmentThe act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful
misuse, abuseImproper or excessive use
playutilization or exercise
practiceThe exercise of a profession
recyclingThe act of processing used or abandoned materials for use in creating new products
BroaderactivityAny specific behavior
Spanishempleo, uso, utilización
Catalanús, utilització
Verbsuseput into service
usetake or consume (regularly or habitually)
English > use: 13 senses > noun 2, attribute
MeaningWhat something is used for.
Example "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
Synonymsfunction, purpose, role
Attributesfunctionaldesigned for or capable of a particular function or use
nonfunctionalnot having or performing a function
Narrowerraison d'etreThe purpose that justifies a thing's existence
Broaderutility, usefulnessThe quality of being of practical use
Spanishfunción, papel, propósito, uso
Catalanfunció, propòsit
English > use: 13 senses > noun 3, attribute
MeaningA particular service.
Examples
  • "he put his knowledge to good use"
  • "patrons have their uses"
Broaderutility, usefulnessThe quality of being of practical use
Spanishuso
Catalanús
Verbsuseavail oneself to
English > use: 13 senses > noun 4, process
Meaning(economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing.
Synonymsconsumption, economic consumption, usance, use of goods and services
Categoryeconomics, economic science, political economyThe branch of social science that deals with the production and distribution and consumption of goods and services and their management
Narrowerconspicuous consumptionbuying expensive services and products in order to flaunt your wealth
BroaderdemandThe ability and desire to purchase goods and services
Spanishconsumo
Catalanconsum
Verbsuseuse up, consume fully
English > use: 13 senses > noun 5, act
Meaning(psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition.
Example "long use had hardened him to it"
Synonymhabit
Categorypsychology, psychological scienceThe science of mental life
NarrowercleanlinessThe habit of keeping free of superficial imperfections
ritualstereotyped behavior
second natureacquired behavior that is practiced so long it seems innate / innate
Broadercustom, usage, usanceaccepted or habitual practice
Spanishcostumbre, hábito, habitud, rutina
Catalancostum, hàbit, habitud, rutina
English > use: 13 senses > noun 6, act
MeaningExerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage.
Synonymmanipulation
Narrowermind gameDeliberate actions of calculated psychological manipulation intended to intimidate or confuse (usually for competitive advantage)
BroaderinfluenceCausing something without any direct or apparent effort
Spanishmanejo, manipulación
Catalanmaneig, manipulació
Verbsuseseek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage
English > use: 13 senses > noun 7, attribute
Meaning(law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy / enjoy the benefits of owning property.
Example"we were given the use of his boat"
Synonymenjoyment
Categorylaw, jurisprudenceThe collection of rules imposed by authority
Narrowerfair useThe conditions under which you can use material that is copyrighted by someone else without paying royalties
fruitionenjoyment derived from use or possession
Broaderlegal rightA right based in law
Spanishbeneficio, uso
Catalanbenefici, ús
English > use: 13 senses > verb 1, consumption
Meaningput into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s something; Somebody ----s something to somebody; Somebody ----s something PP; Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
ModelThey use the animals
Examples
  • "use your head!"
  • "we only use Spanish at home"
  • "I can't use this tool"
  • "use the plastic bags to store the food"
  • "He doesn't know how to use a computer"
Synonymsutilize, utilise, apply, employ
Cause toapply, hold, go forBe pertinent or relevant or applicable
Narroweraddressaddress or apply oneself to something, direct one's efforts towards something, such as a question
availUse to one's advantage
cannibalize, cannibaliseUse parts of something to repair something else
enjoyHave benefit from
exert, exerciseput to use
exploit, workUse or manipulate to one's advantage
exploit, tapDraw from
fall back, resort, recurHave recourse to
give, dedicate, consecrate, commit, devoteGive entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
implementapply in a manner consistent with its purpose or design
misapply, misuseapply to a wrong thing or person
overuse, overdrivemake use of too often or too extensively
playemploy in a game / game or in a specific position
playUse or move
plyUse diligently
pull out all the stopsUse all resources available
put, assignAttribute or give
recycle, reprocess, reuseUse again after processing
shareUse jointly or in common
strain, extendUse to the utmost
taketravel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route
wasteUse inefficiently or inappropriately
work, put to workCause to work
Similar topractice, apply, useavail oneself to
Spanishaplicar, aprovechar, emplear, esgrimir, usar, utilizar
Catalanaplicar, emprar, esgrimir, fer servir, usar, utilitzar
Adjectivesusable, useableconvenient for use or disposal
usable, useablefit or ready for use or service
useable, usablecapable of being put to use
Nounsuse, usagethe act of using
usera person who makes use of a thing
English > use: 13 senses > verb 2, consumption
MeaningTake or consume (regularly or habitually).
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"She uses drugs rarely"
Synonymhabituate
Entailed byaddict, hookTo cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug)
Narrowerdrug, do drugsUse recreational drugs
smokeinhale and exhale smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes
Broaderconsume, ingest, take in, take, haveServe oneself to, or consume regularly
Spanishusar, utilizar
Nounsusethe act of using
usera person who takes drugs
English > use: 13 senses > verb 3, consumption
Meaninguse up, consume fully.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
ModelThey use the money
Synonymexpend
Entailsconsume, eat up, use up, eat, deplete, exhaust, run through, wipe outuse up (resources or materials)
Entailed bydelight, enjoy, revelTake delight in
NarrowerabuseUse wrongly or improperly or excessively
pervert, misuse, abusechange the inherent purpose or function of something
spareUse frugally or carefully
take, occupy, use uprequire (time or space)
waste, blow, squanderspend thoughtlessly
See alsouse upuse up (resources or materials)
Spanishacabar, agotar, esgrimir, usar, utilizar
Catalanesgrimir, fer servir, usar, utilitzar
Nounsuse(economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing
English > use: 13 senses > verb 4, social
Meaningseek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody
ModelThey use him to write the letter
Examples
  • "She uses her influential friends to get jobs"
  • "The president's wife used her good connections"
Narrowertrespass, take advantagemake excessive use of
Broaderexploit, workUse or manipulate to one's advantage
Spanishusar
Catalanfer servir, usar
Nounsuseexerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage
usera person who uses something or someone selfishly or unethically
usingan act that exploits or victimizes someone (treats them unfairly)
English > use: 13 senses > verb 5, social
Meaningavail oneself to.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Examples
  • "use care when going down the stairs"
  • "use your common sense"
Synonymspractice, apply
Narrowerfollowadhere to or practice
Similar touse, utilize, utilise, apply, employput into service
Spanishaplicar, practicar, usar, utilizar
Catalanaplicar, practicar
Nounsusanceaccepted or habitual practice
usea particular service
English > use: 13 senses > verb 6, social
MeaningHabitually do something (use only in the past tense).
PatternSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE
Examples
  • "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"
Broaderact, movePerform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
Nounsusageaccepted or habitual practice

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