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  Dictionary Definition of use

verb, used, using ; , noun

-- verb (t)
1. to employ for some purpose; put into service; turn to account: use a knife to cut, use a new method.
2. to avail oneself of; apply to one's own purposes: use the front room for a conference.
3. to expend or consume in use: his car uses a lot of oil.
4. to act or behave towards, or treat (a person) in some manner.
5. to exploit (a person) for one's own ends.
6. to utter (words) or speak (a language).
7. to operate or put into effect.
8. Archaic. to practise habitually or customarily; make a practice of.
-- verb (i)
9. to be accustomed, wont, or customarily found (with an infinitive expressed or understood, and, except in archaic use, now only in the past): he used to go every day.
10. Colloquial to take drugs, especially heroin.
11. Archaic. to resort, stay, or dwell customarily.
-- noun
12. the act of employing or using, or putting into service: the use of tools.
13. the state of being employed or used: this book is in use.
14. an instance or way of employing or using something: each successive use of the tool.
15. a way of being employed or used; a purpose for which something is used: the instrument has different uses.
16. the power, right, or privilege of employing or using something: to lose the use of the right eye.
17. service or advantage in or for being employed or used; utility or usefulness: of no practical use.
18. help; profit; resulting good: what's the use of doing that?
19. occasion or need, as for something to be employed or used: have you any use for another calendar?
20. continued, habitual, or customary employment or practice; custom; practice: follow the prevailing use of such occasions.
21. way of using or treating; treatment.
22. consumption, as of food or tobacco.
23. History Law a. the enjoyment of property, as by employment, occupation, or exercise of it. b. the benefit or profit of property (lands and tenements) in the possession of another who simply holds them for the beneficiary. c. the equitable ownership of land the legal title to which is held by another; a passive trust.
24. Ecclesiastical the distinctive form of ritual or of any liturgical observance used in a particular church, diocese, community, etc.
25. Obsolete interest; usury.
-- phrase
26. bring into use, to introduce so as to become