Meaning of USE in English

■ verb ju:z

1》 take, hold, or deploy as a means of achieving something.

↘ informal take (an illegal drug).

2》 take or consume (an amount) from a limited supply.

↘( ~ something up ) consume or expend the whole of something.

↘( be ~d up ) informal (of a person) be worn out.

3》 treat in a particular way: ~ your troops well.

↘exploit unfairly.

4》 ju:st ( ~d to ) did repeatedly or existed in the past.

5》 ju:st ( be/get ~d to ) be or become familiar with through experience.

6》 ( one could ~ ) informal one would like or benefit from.

■ noun ju:s

1》 the action of using or state of being ~d.

↘the ability or power to exercise or manipulate something: he lost the ~ of his legs.

↘a purpose for or way in which something can be ~d.

2》 value; advantage.

↘ Law, historical the benefit or profit of lands, especially lands in the possession of another who holds them solely for the beneficiary.

3》 the characteristic ritual and liturgy of a Christian Church or diocese.


have no ~ for informal dislike or be impatient with.

make ~ of benefit from.

~ and wont formal established custom.

~ someone's name cite someone as an authority or reference.


ME: the noun from OFr. us , from L. usus , from uti 'to ~'; the verb from OFr. ~r , based on L. uti .


Confusion can arise over whether to write ~d to or ~ to , largely beca~ the pronunciation is the same in both cases. Except in negatives and questions, the correct form is ~d to : we ~d to go to the cinema all the time . However, in negatives and questions using the auxiliary verb do , the correct form is ~ to , beca~ the form of the verb required is the infinitive: I didn't ~ to like mushrooms .

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