Definition of usage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈjuːsɪdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈjuːsɪdʒ//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈjuːzɪdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈjuːzɪdʒ//
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the way in which words are used in a language current English usage It's not a word in common usage.
  2. 2[uncountable] the fact of something being used; how much something is used land usage Car usage is predicted to increase.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘customary practice’): from Old French, from us ‘a use’, from Latin usus, from uti ‘to use’.Extra examples Dictionaries show typical patterns of usage. Dictionary definitions tend to show stereotypical patterns of usage. Drug usage by teenagers has increased in recent years. That word is no longer in common usage. The term ‘eco-tourism’ entered common usage in the 1990s. The word has a slightly different meaning in popular usage. Usage of computers in schools is increasing. With normal usage, the equipment should last at least five years. a book on current English usage high energy usage It’s not a word in common usage. The dictionary focuses on the more usual words of the language and avoids rare usages of these words.
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