Advertisement

use (v.)

c. 1200, "employ for a purpose," from Old French user "employ, make use of, practice, frequent," from Vulgar Latin *usare "use," frequentative form of past participle stem of Latin uti "make use of, profit by, take advantage of, enjoy, apply, consume," in Old Latin oeti "use, employ, exercise, perform," of uncertain origin. Related: Used; using. Replaced Old English brucan (see brook (v.)). From late 14c. as "take advantage of."

use (n.)

c. 1200, "act of employing," from Anglo-French and Old French us "custom, practice, usage," from Latin usus "use, custom, practice, employment, skill, habit," from past participle stem of uti "make use of, profit by, take advantage of" (see use (v.)).

Others are reading

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of use from WordNet
1
use (n.)
the act of using;
he warned against the use of narcotic drugs
use (n.)
what something is used for;
ballet is beautiful but what use is it?
Synonyms: function / purpose / role
use (n.)
a particular service;
he put his knowledge to good use
patrons have their uses
use (n.)
(economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing;
Synonyms: consumption / economic consumption / usance / use of goods and services
use (n.)
(psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition;
long use had hardened him to it
Synonyms: habit
use (n.)
exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage;
Synonyms: manipulation
use (n.)
(law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property;
we were given the use of his boat
Synonyms: enjoyment
2
use (v.)
put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose;
He doesn't know how to use a computer
I can't use this tool
use your head!
we only use Spanish at home
use the plastic bags to store the food
Synonyms: utilize / utilise / apply / employ
use (v.)
take or consume (regularly or habitually);
She uses drugs rarely
Synonyms: habituate
use (v.)
use up, consume fully;
Synonyms: expend
use (v.)
seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage;
She uses her influential friends to get jobs
The president's wife used her good connections
use (v.)
avail oneself to;
use your common sense
use care when going down the stairs
Synonyms: practice / apply
use (v.)
habitually do something or be in a certan state or place (use only in the past tense);
I used to get sick when I ate in that dining hall
She used to call her mother every week but now she calls only occasionally
she used to be his best friend and now they are enemies
They used to vacation in the Bahamas
From wordnet.princeton.edu