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Use appears in the following tongue twister:

  • How much snus could a moose on the loose use
    if a moose on the loose could use loose snus?

Use appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Gem tunes use nutmeg.
  • No braces use carbon.
  • Nematodes use Dot… amen!
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Usage statistics for the noun use:

spoken English23.09%written English76.91% conversational speech22.28%task-oriented speech77.72% imaginative writing14.29%informational writing85.71%
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Use is sometimes a misspelling of us or used.

The word use is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun use

What does use mean as a name of something?

Use is one of the top 100 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 100 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: uses

  1. the act of using
  2. what something is used for
    • example: ballet is beautiful but what use is it?
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of use: function / purpose / role
    • more generic words: usefulness / utility = the quality of being of practical use
    • more specific term: raison d'etre = the purpose that justifies a thing's existence
    • attributes:
      • functional = designed for or capable of a particular function or use
      • nonfunctional = not having or performing a function
  3. a particular service
    • examples: he put his knowledge to good use | patrons have their uses
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: usefulness / utility = the quality of being of practical use
  4. (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing
  5. (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition
  6. exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of use: manipulation
    • more generic word: influence = causation of an event without any direct or apparent effort
    • more specific term: mind game = deliberate actions of calculated psychological manipulation intended to intimidate or confuse
  7. (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property
    • example: we were given the use of his boat
    • domain: jurisprudence / law
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of use: enjoyment
    • more generic term: legal right = a right based in law
    • more specific terms:
      • fair use = the conditions under which you can use material that is copyrighted by someone else without paying royalties
      • fruition = enjoyment derived from use or possession

Alternative definition of the noun use

noun

  1. The act of using.
  2. [context: uncountable, followed by "of"] Usefulness, benefit.
  3. A function; a purpose for which something may be employed.
  4. defn, lang=en

Definition of the verb use

What does use mean as a doing word?

Use is one of the top 50 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: used | using | uses

  1. put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
    • 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 | They use the animals
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Value] in [Location]We sleep five people in each roomMeasure Verbs: carry, contain, feed, fit, hibernate, hold, house, seat, serve, sleep, store, take
      [Location] [Verb] [Value]Each room sleeps five people
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] [Adverb]I used the money wellUse Verbs: apply, employ, utilize
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] [Predicate, variable control with infinitive]I used the cupboard to store food
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Predicate]I spent the money for my training
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonyms of use: apply / employ / utilise / utilize
    • more specific terms:
    • cause: apply / go for / hold
  2. take or consume (regularly or habitually)
    • example: She uses drugs rarely
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonym of use: habituate
    • more generic terms: consume / have / ingest / take / take in = serve oneself to, or consume regularly
    • more specific terms:
      • smoke = inhale and exhale smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes
      • do drugs / drug = use recreational drugs
  3. use up, consume fully
    • example: They use the money
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I spent all that time
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] [Recipient, subject control with -ing]I spent the time worrying about the future

      Consume Verbs (with the same syntax): consume, pass.

    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonym of use: expend
    • more specific terms:
    • entailment: consume / deplete / eat / eat up / exhaust / run through / use up / wipe out = use up
  4. seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage
    • examples: She uses her influential friends to get jobs | The president's wife used her good connections | They use him to write the letter
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: exploit / work = use or manipulate to one's advantage
    • more specific terms: take advantage / trespass = make excessive use of
  5. avail oneself to
    • examples: use care when going down the stairs | use your common sense
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of use: apply / practice
    • more specific word: follow = adhere to or practice
  6. habitually do something or be in a certan state or place (use only in the past tense)
    • 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 | she used to be his best friend and now they are enemies
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform

Alternative definition of the verb use

verb

  1. [archaic] To accustom; to habituate.
  2. [transitive] To employ; to apply; to utilize.
  3. [transitive, often with “up”] To exhaust the supply of; to consume by employing
  4. [transitive] To exploit.
  5. [intransitive, now rare, literary] To habitually do; to be wont to do.

Music

  1. "Use" is a musical album of Nightstalker.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  2. "Use" is a musical album of Secrets of Cash'n Carry.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  3. "Use" is a musical album of Another Electronic Musician.
    • released on (9 years ago)

Miscellanea

  1. Use, as a term in real property law of common law countries, amounts to a recognition of the duty of a person, to whom property has been conveyed for certain purposes, to carry out those purposes.
  2. Use is a programming language.
  3. Use is a file format.

Phrases with Use

Phrases starting with the word Use:

  1. use up
  2. Use tax
  3. Use case
  4. Use-By Date
  5. use immunity
  6. Use One's Head
  7. Use One's Loaf

Phrases ending with the word Use:

  1. in use
  2. No Use
  3. to use
  4. ill-use
  5. dual-use
  6. fair use
  7. Make Use
  8. Hyper-Use
  9. Put to Use
  10. Terms of use
  11. To Put to Use
  12. context of use

Other phrase containing the word Use:

  1. to use up

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Use

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Google previewCode of Federal Regulations (1991)

1985-1999

An enzyme analyzer for clinical use is a device intended to measure enzymes in plasma or Serum by nonkinetic or kinetic measurement of enzyme-catalyzed reactions. This device is used in conjunction with certain materials to measure a ...

Google previewThe SAGE Handbook of Drug & Alcohol Studies (2016)

Biological Approaches by Kim Wolff, Jason White, Steven Karch

Polysubstance use is the consumption of more than one drug at the same or different times, typically for recreational purposes and pleasurable effects.

Google previewAll About Drugs and Young People (2014)

Essential Information and Advice for Parents and Professionals by Julian Cohen

Problem drug use refers to drug use that has a negative impact on the user's life, such as experiencing social,

Google previewHow Do I Use a Dictionary? (2014)

by Jennifer Landau

Use guide words to find the words listed below in your dictionary. Write those guide words down on paper. The answers could be different depending on which dictionary is used. ASLEEP LUMP EXIT POTATO SEASON ...

Google previewThe Role of Dictionary Use in the Comprehension of Idiom Variants (2006)

by Renata Szczepaniak

Creative Use of Idioms * a Stumbling Block to L2 Reading 3 .0. Introduction In view of the negative effect of difficult vocabulary items on text readability, knowledge of such semantically complex items as idiomatic expressions constitutes one of ...

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Usage statistics about use

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun use:

spoken English23.09%written English76.91% conversational speech22.28%task-oriented speech77.72% imaginative writing14.29%informational writing85.71%

Usage statistics for the verb use:

spoken English43.96%written English56.04% conversational speech37.86%task-oriented speech62.14% imaginative writing22.69%informational writing77.31%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun use:

utilisationmanipulationenjoymentusageconsumptionhabitexerciseemploymentfunctionpurposeroleuse

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb use:

practiceexpendutilizeutiliseemployapplyuse

Photos about Use

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Quotes about Use

The Holocaust never quite leaves Israeli Jews alone. Arabs use it against them and they use it against Arabs. Jews use it against other Jews. Even the president of the United States, it seems, can use it against the prime minister of Israel. (David K. Shipler)
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Scrabble value of U1S1E1

The value of this 3-letter word is 3 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of USE

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