- 1 [uncountable, singular] the act of using something; the state of being used A ban was imposed on the use of chemical weapons. The software is designed for use in schools. I'm not sure that this is the most valuable use of my time. The chapel was built in the 18th century and is still in use today. The pool is for the use of members only.
- 2[countable, uncountable] a purpose for which something is used; a way in which something is or can be used I'm sure you'll think of a use for it. This chemical has a wide range of industrial uses. see also single-use
- 3[uncountable] use (of something) the right or opportunity to use something, for example something that belongs to someone else I have the use of the car this week.
- 4[uncountable] the ability to use your mind or body He lost the use of his legs (= became unable to walk) in an accident. Idioms
nounjump to other results
to be useless You can throw those away — they're no use to anyone.
be no use (to somebody) (formal be of no use)jump to other results
to be useful Can I be of any use (= can I help)?
be of use (to somebody) (formal)jump to other results
to start/stop being used When did this word come into common use? These pesticides are gradually going out of use.
come into/go out of, etc. usejump to other results
to dislike someone I have no use for people who don't make an effort.
have no use for somebodyjump to other results
to not need something Living underground and having little use for eyes, moles are virtually blind.
have no use for somethingjump to other results
to be useful sometimes I know you don't like him, but he has his uses.
have its/their/your uses (informal) (often humorous)jump to other results
used to say that there is no point in doing something because it will not be successful or have a good result What's the use of worrying about it? It's no use — I can't persuade her.
it's no use (doing something), what's the use (of doing something)?jump to other results
to use something or someone, especially in order to get an advantage We could make better use of our resources. You should make use of your contacts.
make use of something/somebodyjump to other results
to be able to use something for a purpose, and get an advantage from doing so She'll be able to put her languages to good use in her new job.
put something to good usejump to other results