Meaning of USE in English

USE

I

/ju:s/ n.

1) to make ~ of

2) to put smt. to (good) ~

3) to find a ~ for

4) to lose; regain the ~ of (she lost the ~ of one arm)

5) to deny (the) ~ of (the visitors were denied ~ of the library)

6) constant; daily; emergency; extensive; external; internal; official; practical; universal; wide ~ (they made extensive ~ of computers)

7) (legal) fair ~

8) ~ for (do you have any ~ for this old paper?)

9) ~ in (is there any ~ in trying again?)

10) ~ of (what's the ~ of worrying?)

11) for ~ (for official ~ only)

12) in ~ (the copying machine is in ~)

13) of ~ to (it was of no earthly ~ to us; can I be of any ~ to you?)

14) ( misc. ) she has no ~ for them ('she dislikes them'); to come into ~; to go out of ~

USAGE NOTE: The following constructions are variants; the constructions with no prepositions are colloquial-- is there any ~ in trying again ?-- is there any ~ trying again ? what's the ~ of worrying ?-- what's the ~ worrying ?

II

/ju:z/ v.

1) to ~ widely

2) ( D ; tr. ) to ~ as (she ~d the candlestick as a paperweight)

3) ( D ; tr. ) to ~ for (let's ~ paper plates for the picnic)

4) ( E ; in positive sentences and neg. sentences with never this verb is ~d only in the past tense to denote a former practice or state; in interrogative sentences the infinitive of this verb occurs with didn't , did not ) she ~d to work there; there ~d to be an open field here; she never ~d to work there; didn't he ~ to work here?

USAGE NOTE: In neg. sentences with didn't , did not , this verb occurs with the infinitive and, colloquially, with the past tense--she didn't ~/~d to work there. In old-fashioned BE , constructions such as the following may occur--~d she (not) to work there? she ~d not to work there.

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