use

See also: usé, usẹ, uṣẹ, ûse, and -uše

use - English

Pronunciation

Noun
  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: yo͞os, IPA: /juːs/
  • (General American) enPR: yo͞os, IPA: /jus/
  • (General Australian) enPR: yo͞os, IPA: /jʉːs/
Verb
  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: yo͞oz, IPA: /juːz/, /juːs/ (see usage notes)
  • (General American) enPR: yo͞oz, IPA: /juz/, /jus/ (see usage notes)
  • (General Australian) enPR: yo͞os, IPA: /jʉːz/
  • Homophones: ewes, yews, yous, youse

Noun

use (countable and uncountable, plural uses)

  1. The act of using.
  2. (uncountable) The act of consuming alcohol or narcotics.
  3. (uncountable, followed by "of") Usefulness, benefit.
  4. A function; a purpose for which something may be employed.
    • This tool has many uses.
  5. Occasion or need to employ; necessity.
    • I have no further use for these textbooks.
  6. (obsolete, rare) Interest for lent money; premium paid for the use of something; usury.
  7. (archaic) Continued or repeated practice; usage; habit.
  8. (obsolete) Common occurrence; ordinary experience.
  9. (Christianity) A special form of a rite adopted for use in a particular context, often a diocese.
    • the Sarum, or Canterbury, use; the York use; the Ordinariate use
  10. (forging) A slab of iron welded to the side of a forging, such as a shaft, near the end, and afterward drawn down, by hammering, so as to lengthen the forging.

Hyponyms

Hyponyms of use (noun)

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

use (third-person singular simple present uses, present participle using, simple past and past participle used)

  1. To utilize or employ.
    1. (transitive) To employ; to apply; to utilize.
      • Use this knife to slice the bread.
      • We can use this mathematical formula to solve the problem.
    2. (transitive, often with up) To expend; to consume by employing.
      • I used the money they allotted me.
      • We should use up most of the fuel.
      • She used all the time allotted to complete the test.
    3. (transitive) To exploit.
      • You never cared about me; you just used me!
    4. (transitive) To consume (alcohol, drugs, etc), especially regularly.
      • He uses cocaine. I have never used drugs.
    5. (intransitive) To consume a previously specified substance, especially a drug to which one is addicted.
      • Richard began experimenting with cocaine last year; now he uses almost every day.
    6. (transitive, with auxiliary "could") To benefit from; to be able to employ or stand.
      • I could use a drink. My car could use a new coat of paint.
    7. (transitive, with gender pronouns as object) To suggest or request that other people employ a specific set of gender pronouns when referring to the subject.
      • I use they/them pronouns.
  2. To accustom; to habituate. (Now common only in participial form. Uses the same pronunciation as the noun; see usage notes.)
    • soldiers who are used to hardships and danger
      (still common)
    • to use the soldiers to hardships and danger
      (now rare)
    1. (reflexive, obsolete, with "to") To accustom oneself.
  3. (intransitive, archaic or literary except in past tense) To habitually do; to be wont to do. (Now chiefly in past-tense forms; see used to.)
    • I used to get things done.
  4. (dated) To behave toward; to act with regard to; to treat.
    • to use an animal cruelly
  5. (reflexive, obsolete) To behave, act, comport oneself.

Usage notes

  • When meaning "accustom, habituate" or "habitually do (or employ)", the verb use is pronounced /juːs/ (like the noun use); these senses and hence this pronunciation is now found chiefly in the past tense or as a past participle (/juːst/), or in the (past) negative form did not use (as in I did not use to like her or the dragoons did not use [habituate, become habituated] to the Russian cold). In all other senses, it is pronounced /juːz/ (past tense/participle /juːzd/).
  • See also the usage notes at used to (and use to) for more, especially on the use of this sense in interrogatives, negatives, and the past tense.

Conjugation

infinitive (to) use
present tense past tense
1st-person singular use used
2nd-person singular use, usest used, usedst
3rd-person singular uses, useth used
plural use
subjunctive use used
imperative use
participles using used

Archaic or obsolete.

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

Anagrams

use - Alemannic German

Alternative forms

Pronunciation

  • (Zurich) IPA: /ˈuzə/

Adverb

use

  1. out

use - Asturian

Verb

use

  1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive of usar

use - Chuukese

Pronoun

use

  1. I do not

Adjective

use

  1. I am not
  2. I was not
Present and past tense Negative tense Future Negative future Distant future Negative determinate
Singular First person uauseupweusapupwapute
Second person ka, kekose, kesekopwe, kepwekosap, kesapkopwap, kepwapkote, kete
Third person aeseepweesapepwapete
PluralFirst person aua (exclusive) sia (inclusive)ause (exclusive) sise (inclusive)aupwe (exclusive) sipwe (inclusive)ausap (exclusive) sisap (inclusive)aupwap (exclusive) sipwap (inclusive)aute (exclusive) site (inclusive)
Second person ouaouseoupweousapoupwapoute
Third person ra, rereserepweresaprepwaprete

use - French

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /yz/

Verb

use

  1. inflection of user:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

Anagrams

use - Italian

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈu.ze/
  • Hyphenation: ù‧se

Adjective

use

  1. feminine plural of uso

Anagrams

use - Latin

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA: /ˈuː.se/, [ˈuːs̠ɛ]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA: /ˈu.se/, [ˈuːs̬e]

Participle

ūse

  1. vocative masculine singular of ūsus

use - Manx

Noun

use m (genitive singular use, plural useyn)

  1. (finance) interest; usury

Derived terms

  • use derrey yn laa t'ayn (interest to date)
  • use neuchramp (simple interest)
  • useree (interest payer)
  • useyr (money lender, usurer, scrivener)

use - Portuguese

Pronunciation

 
  • (Brazil) IPA: /ˈu.zi/
  • (Portugal) IPA: /ˈu.z(ɨ)/
  • Hyphenation: u‧se

Verb

use

  1. inflection of usar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative

use - Spanish

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈuse/ [ˈu.se]
  • Syllabification: u‧se

Verb

use

  1. inflection of usar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative

use - Ternate

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [ˈ(ʔ)u.se]

Verb

use

  1. (transitive) to pour out
  2. (transitive) to throw away

Conjugation

Conjugation of use
Meaning and Definition of use
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