Definitions for: Use

[n] exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage; "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous"
[n] a pattern of behavior acquired through frequent repetition; "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use had hardened him to it"
[n] the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers"
[n] what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
[n] a particular service; "he put his knowledge to good use"; "patrons have their uses"
[n] (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property; "we were given the use of his boat"
[n] (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing; "the consumption of energy has increased steadily"
[v] use up, consume fully; "The legislature expended its time on school questions."
[v] put into service; make work or employ (something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't make use of 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"
[v] take or consume (regularly or habitually); "She uses drugs rarely"
[v] habitually do something (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"
[v] avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"
[v] 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"

Webster (1913) Definition: Use, n. [OE. us use, usage, L. usus, from uti, p. p. usus,
to use. See Use, v. t.]
1. The act of employing anything, or of applying it to one's
service; the state of being so employed or applied;
application; employment; conversion to some purpose; as,
the use of a pen in writing; his machines are in general

Books can never teach the use of books. --Bacon.

This Davy serves you for good uses. --Shak.

When he framed All things to man's delightful use.

2. Occasion or need to employ; necessity; as, to have no
further use for a book. --Shak.

3. Yielding of service; advantage derived; capability of
being used; usefulness; utility.

God made two great lights, great for their use To
man. --Milton.

'T is use alone that sanctifies expense. --Pope.

4. Continued or repeated practice; customary employment;
usage; custom; manner; habit.

Let later age that noble use envy. --Spenser.

How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable, Seem to me
all the uses of this world! --Shak.

5. Common occurrence; ordinary experience. [R.]

O C[ae]sar! these things are beyond all use. --Shak.

6. (Eccl.) The special form of ritual adopted for use in any
diocese; as, the Sarum, or Canterbury, use; the Hereford
use; the York use; the Roman use; etc.

From henceforth all the whole realm shall have but
one use. --Pref. to
Book of Common

7. The premium paid for the possession and employment of
borrowed money; interest; usury. [Obs.]

Thou art more obliged to pay duty and tribute, use
and principal, to him. --Jer. Taylor.

8. [In this sense probably a corruption of OF. oes, fr. L.
opus need, business, employment, work. Cf. Operate.]
(Law) The benefit or profit of lands and tenements. Use
imports a trust and confidence reposed in a man for the
holding of lands. He to whose use or benefit the trust is
intended shall enjoy the profits. An estate is granted and
limited to A for the use of B.

9. (Forging) A stab of iron welded to the side of a forging,
as a shaft, near the end, and afterward drawn down, by
hammering, so as to lengthen the forging.

Contingent, or Springing, use (Law), a use to come into
operation on a future uncertain event.

In use.
(a) In employment; in customary practice observance.
(b) In heat; -- said especially of mares. --J. H. Walsh.

Of no use, useless; of no advantage.

Of use, useful; of advantage; profitable.

Out of use, not in employment.

Resulting use (Law), a use, which, being limited by the
deed, expires or can not vest, and results or returns to
him who raised it, after such expiration.

Secondary, or Shifting, use, a use which, though
executed, may change from one to another by circumstances.

Statute of uses (Eng. Law), the stat. 27 Henry VIII., cap.
10, which transfers uses into possession, or which unites
the use and possession.

To make use of, To put to use, to employ; to derive
service from; to use.

Use, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Used; p. pr. & vb. n. Using.]
[OE. usen, F. user to use, use up, wear out, LL. usare to
use, from L. uti, p. p. usus, to use, OL. oeti, oesus; of
uncertain origin. Cf. Utility.]
1. To make use of; to convert to one's service; to avail
one's self of; to employ; to put a purpose; as, to use a
plow; to use a chair; to use time; to use flour for food;
to use water for irrigation.

Launcelot Gobbo, use your legs. --Shak.

Some other means I have which may be used. --Milton.

2. To behave toward; to act with regard to; to treat; as, to
use a beast cruelly. ``I will use him well.'' --Shak.

How wouldst thou use me now? --Milton.

Cato has used me ill. --Addison.

3. To practice customarily; to make a practice of; as, to use
diligence in business.

Use hospitality one to another. --1 Pet. iv.

4. To accustom; to habituate; to render familiar by practice;
to inure; -- employed chiefly in the passive participle;
as, men used to cold and hunger; soldiers used to
hardships and danger.

I am so used in the fire to blow. --Chaucer.

Thou with thy compeers, Used to the yoke, draw'st
his triumphant wheels. --Milton.

To use one's self, to behave. [Obs.] ``Pray, forgive me, if
I have used myself unmannerly.'' --Shak.

To use up.
(a) To consume or exhaust by using; to leave nothing of;
as, to use up the supplies.
(b) To exhaust; to tire out; to leave no capacity of force
or use in; to overthrow; as, he was used up by
fatigue. [Colloq.]

Syn: Employ.

Usage: Use, Employ. We use a thing, or make use of it,
when we derive from it some enjoyment or service. We
employ it when we turn that service into a particular
channel. We use words to express our general meaning;
we employ certain technical terms in reference to a
given subject. To make use of, implies passivity in
the thing; as, to make use of a pen; and hence there
is often a material difference between the two words
when applied to persons. To speak of ``making use of
another'' generally implies a degrading idea, as if we
had used him as a tool; while employ has no such
sense. A confidential friend is employed to negotiate;
an inferior agent is made use of on an intrigue.

I would, my son, that thou wouldst use the power
Which thy discretion gives thee, to control And
manage all. --Cowper.

To study nature will thy time employ: Knowledge
and innocence are perfect joy. --Dryden.

Use, v. i.
1. To be wont or accustomed; to be in the habit or practice;
as, he used to ride daily; -- now disused in the present
tense, perhaps because of the similarity in sound, between
``use to,'' and ``used to.''

They use to place him that shall be their captain on
a stone. --Spenser.

Fears use to be represented in an imaginary.

Thus we use to say, it is the room that smokes, when
indeed it is the fire in the room. --South.

Now Moses used to take the tent and to pitch it
without the camp. --Ex. xxxiii.
7 (Rev. Ver.)

2. To be accustomed to go; to frequent; to inhabit; to dwell;
-- sometimes followed by of. [Obs.] ``Where never foot did
use.'' --Spenser.

He useth every day to a merchant's house. --B.

Ye valleys low, where the mild whispers use Of
shades, and wanton winds, and gushing brooks.

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