use1 [ juz ] verb ***
▸ 1 do something with tool etc.
▸ 2 get benefit from something
▸ 3 take amount from supply
▸ 4 treat someone in unfair way
▸ 5 take illegal drugs
▸ 6 say particular words
▸ 7 call yourself something
1. ) transitive to do something using a machine, tool, skill, method, etc. in order to do a job or achieve a result:
Using a computer is so much quicker.
What type of soap do you use?
Using all his charm, he managed to persuade them.
use something for something: Psychological tests are used for selection purposes.
use something for doing something: Methane gas is used for heating and generating power.
use something as something: I had to use a ski as a tent pole.
use something as an excuse/reason: They used the recession as an excuse to get rid of workers.
2. ) transitive to get a benefit for yourself from something that is available to you:
Only about 30 people regularly used the club.
3. ) transitive to take an amount from a supply of something in order to do a job or achieve a result:
You've used all the hot water again.
Most of that paint was used on the kitchen.
4. ) transitive to treat someone in an unfair way, for example by pretending to care about them so that they do what you want:
You know he's just using you.
use someone for your own ends (=to get what you want): Liz has always used people for her own ends.
5. ) intransitive or transitive to take illegal drugs regularly:
In jail, he continued to deal and use drugs.
6. ) transitive to say or write particular words:
Don't use language like that in front of your little brother.
use something to do something: McClaren used the same words to describe his feelings.
7. ) transitive if you use a particular name, you call yourself by a different name from your usual one
could use something SPOKEN
used for saying that someone or something needs a particular thing very much:
You both look as if you could use a drink.
use your head
to think carefully in order to understand something or avoid making a mistake
,use `up phrasal verb transitive
to use all of a supply of something:
I've used up all my vacation days, and it's only August.
use 2 [ jus ] noun ***
▸ 1 act of using something
▸ 2 way of using something
▸ 3 right etc to use something
▸ 4 ability to use mind/body
▸ 5 meaning etc. of word
1. ) singular or uncount the act of using something:
use of: the use of resources/technology/computers
Farmers are reducing the use of pesticides on food crops.
Their unnecessary use of force has endangered peace efforts.
2. ) count or uncount a way of using something:
These rollers have a variety of manufacturing uses.
use of: This is not the best use of your talents.
use for: I kept hoping to find a use for it.
3. ) uncount the right, an opportunity, or permission to use something:
have the use of something: We can have the use of the hall every Thursday.
for the use of someone (=only for them to use): The pool was built for the exclusive use of residents.
4. ) uncount the ability to use a part of your body or mind:
lose the use of something: He lost the use of his legs in a car accident.
5. ) count a meaning of a word or a way of speaking or writing a word:
This use is now fairly common among young people.
be of use
to be helpful or useful:
Can I be of any use?
be of use to: This information may be of use to him.
be (of) no use
to be unhelpful or useless:
This book is no use whatever.
be (of) no use to: Get some rest or you'll be of no use to anyone.
come into use
to start being used by people:
Computers first came into use in the early 1950s.
go out of use MAINLY BRITISH
to stop being used
have its/your uses OFTEN HUMOROUS
to be useful in some situations or in some ways:
I know you don't like him, but he has his uses.
have no use for
1. ) used for saying that you do not want or need someone or something because they could never be helpful to you:
The new owners may decide they have no use for the present management.
2. ) INFORMAL to dislike someone or something:
I have no use for a liar.
in/out of use
being used regularly/not being used any longer:
I'll be glad to see the building in use again.
it's no use SPOKEN
used for saying that something is not likely to have a successful result:
It's no use. We'll never get there on time.
it's no use doing something: It's no use asking me what I don't know.
make use of
to use someone or something for a particular purpose, especially one that brings a benefit to you:
Why doesn't she make use of her singing talent?
make good use of someone/something: Michael makes good use of his opportunities.
put something to good use
to use something that you have for a sensible purpose that brings a benefit to you:
Do you promise to put the money to good use?
there's no use (in) doing something SPOKEN
used for saying that something you do is not likely to have a successful result:
She realized there was no use arguing with him.
what's the use? SPOKEN
used for saying that something is not likely to have a successful result, so there is no point in doing it:
What's the use? We're sure to lose anyway.
what's the use of doing something?: What's the use of complaining?

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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