- 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 12th century and is still in use today. The bar 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 somebody 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. Word Origin Middle English: the noun from Old French us, from Latin usus, from uti
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. to use something/somebody, especially in order to get an advantage We could make better use of our resources. You should make use of your contacts. 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.