Definition of use verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    use

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    verb
    BrE BrE//juːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//juːz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they use
    BrE BrE//juːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//juːz//
     
    he / she / it uses
    BrE BrE//ˈjuːzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈjuːzɪz//
     
    past simple used
    BrE BrE//juːzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//juːzd//
     
    past participle used
    BrE BrE//juːzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//juːzd//
     
    -ing form using
    BrE BrE//ˈjuːzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈjuːzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [transitive] to do something with a machine, a method, an object, etc. for a particular purpose use something Can I use your phone? Have you ever used this software before? How often do you use (= travel by) the bus? They were able to achieve a settlement without using military force. The applicator makes the glue easy to use. The oven looked as if it had never been used. I have some information you may be able to use (= to get an advantage from). use something for something/for doing something We used a carrot for the snowman’s nose. The blue files are used for storing old invoices. use something to do something Police used tear gas to disperse the crowds. use something as something The building is currently being used as a warehouse. You can't keep using your bad back as an excuse.
  2. 2  [transitive] use something to take a particular amount of a liquid, substance, etc. in order to achieve or make something This type of heater uses a lot of electricity. I hope you haven't used all the milk.
  3. 3  [transitive] use something to say or write particular words or a particular type of language The poem uses simple language. That's a word I never use. You have to use the past tense.
  4. 4[transitive] use somebody (disapproving) to be kind, friendly, etc. to somebody with the intention of getting an advantage for yourself from them synonym exploit Can't you see he's just using you for his own ends? I felt used.
  5. 5[transitive, intransitive] use (something) to take illegal drugs Most of the inmates have used drugs at some point in their lives. (slang) She's been using since she was 13.
  6. Word Origin Middle English: the noun from Old French us, from Latin usus, from uti ‘to use’; the verb from Old French user, based on Latin uti.Extra examples ‘Ethics’ and ‘morality’ are often used interchangeably. Candidates are not allowed to use dictionaries in the exam. Credit cards, used appropriately, are a great financial tool. Do you habitually use display screen equipment as a significant part of your job? Do you habitually use display screen equipment in your job? Manufacturers tend to use disks made in the US. The church is sometimes used as a concert venue. The oil had all been used up. The tennis court is sometimes used as a car park. These garden shears are lightweight and easy to use. This paint is very expensive, so please use it sparingly. a technique that is pimarily used in eye surgery an etching technique used exclusively by Picasso chemicals that are used for cleaning the factors that make people likely to use heroin Can’t you see he’s just using you for his own ends? Don’t keep asking me what to do—just use your common sense! How often do you use the bus? I hope you haven’t used all the milk. Most of the inmates here have used drugs at some point in their lives. She’s been using since she was 13. We used a carrot for the snowman’s nose. You should learn to use your time more efficiently. to use a computer/​comb/​dictionary/​fork/​pen/​pencil/​phone/​spoon/​weapon, etc.Idioms
    I, you, etc. could use something
     
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    (informal) used to say that you would like to have something very much I think we could all use a drink after that!
    use your head(British English also use your loaf)
     
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    (informal) used to tell somebody to think about something, especially when they have asked for your opinion or said something stupid ‘Why don't you want to see him again?’ ‘Oh, use your head!’ From rhyming slang, in which loaf of bread stands for ‘head’.
    Phrasal Verbsuse somethingup
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