1: the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers" [syn: usage, utilization, utilisation, employment, exercise]
2: a particular service; "he put his knowledge to good use"; "patrons have their uses"
3: what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?" [syn: function, purpose, role]
4: (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing; "the consumption of energy has increased steadily" [syn: consumption, economic consumption, usance, use of goods and services]
5: 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" [syn: habit, wont]
6: (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property; "we were given the use of his boat" [syn: enjoyment]
7: exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage; "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous" [syn: manipulation]
1: 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" [syn: utilize, utilise, apply, employ]
2: take or consume (regularly or habitually); "She uses drugs rarely" [syn: habituate]
3: 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"
4: use up, consume fully; "The legislature expended its time on school questions" [syn: expend]
5: avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance" [syn: practice, apply]
6: 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"
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