Meaning of USE in English


Pronunciation: ' yüs

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English us, from Anglo-French, from Latin usus, from uti to use

Date: 13th century

1 a : the act or practice of employing something : EMPLOYMENT , APPLICATION <he made good use of his spare time> b : the fact or state of being used <a dish in daily use > c : a method or manner of employing or applying something <gained practice in the use of the camera>

2 a (1) : habitual or customary usage (2) : an individual habit or group custom b : a liturgical form or observance especially : a liturgy having modifications peculiar to a local church or religious order

3 a : the privilege or benefit of using something <gave him the use of her car> b : the ability or power to use something (as a limb or faculty) c : the legal enjoyment of property that consists in its employment, occupation, exercise, or practice <she had the use of the estate for life>

4 a : a particular service or end <put learning to practical use > b : the quality of being suitable for employment <saving things that might be of use > c : GOOD 2B <it's no use arguing> d : the occasion or need to employ <took only what they had use for>

5 a : the benefit in law of one or more persons specifically : the benefit or profit of property established in one other than the legal possessor b : a legal arrangement by which such benefits and profits are so established

6 : a favorable attitude : LIKING <had no use for modern art>

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.