(noun, verb)


1. the act of using

- he warned against the use of narcotic drugs

Similar word(s): employment, exercise, usage, utilisation, utilization

Definition categories: act, activity

2. what something is used for

- ballet is beautiful but what use is it?

Similar word(s): function, purpose, role

Definition categories: attribute, usefulness, utility

3. a particular service

- he put his knowledge to good use

- patrons have their uses

Definition categories: attribute, usefulness, utility

4. (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing

Similar word(s): consumption, usance

Definition categories: process, demand

5. (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition

- long use had hardened him to it

Similar word(s): habit

Definition categories: act, custom, usage, usance

6. exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage

Similar word(s): manipulation

Definition categories: act, influence

7. (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property

- we were given the use of his boat

Similar word(s): enjoyment

Definition categories: attribute

Sentences with use as a noun:

- the use of torture has been condemned by the United Nations;

- What's the use of a law that nobody follows?

- This tool has many uses.

- I have no further use for these textbooks.

- the Sarum, or Canterbury, use; the Hereford use; the York use; the Roman use; etc.


1. put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

- use your head!

- we only use Spanish at home

- I can't use this tool

Similar word(s): apply, employ, utilise, utilize

Definition categories: consumption

2. take or consume (regularly or habitually)

- She uses drugs rarely

Similar word(s): habituate

Definition categories: consumption, consume, have, ingest, take

3. use up, consume fully

Similar word(s): expend

Definition categories: consumption

4. 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

Definition categories: social, exploit, work

5. avail oneself to

- use care when going down the stairs

- use your common sense

Similar word(s): apply, practice

Definition categories: social

6. habitually do something or be in a certan state or place (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

Definition categories: social, act, move

Sentences with use as a verb:

- soldiers who are used to hardships and danger

- Use this knife to slice the bread.

- We can use this mathematical formula to solve the problem.

- We should use up most of the fuel.

- You never cared about me; you just used me!

- to use an animal cruelly

- to use diligence in business

- I used to get things done.