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Definition 1: the act of using - [noun denoting act]

Samples where use or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he warned against the use of narcotic drugs
  • skilled in the utilization of computers

Synonyms for use in the sense of this definition

(use is a kind of ...) any specific behavior

"they avoided all recreational activity"

(... is a kind of use ) the exercise of a profession

"the practice of the law" "I took over his practice when he retired"

(... is a kind of use ) utilization or exercise

"the play of the imagination"

(... is a kind of use ) improper or excessive use

"alcohol abuse" "the abuse of public funds"

(... is a kind of use ) the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful

"the development of Alaskan resources" "the exploitation of copper deposits"

(... is a kind of use ) the act of processing used or abandoned materials for use in creating new products

(... is a kind of use ) the act of bringing something to bear; using it for a particular purpose

"he advocated the application of statistics to the problem" "a novel application of electronics to medical diagnosis"

Definition 2: (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition - [noun denoting act]

Samples where use or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • owls have nocturnal habits
  • she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair
  • long use had hardened him to it

Synonyms for use in the sense of this definition

(use is a kind of ...) accepted or habitual practice

(... is a kind of use ) stereotyped behavior

(... is a kind of use ) acquired behavior that is practiced so long it seems innate

(... is a kind of use ) the habit of keeping free of superficial imperfections

(use belongs to category ...) the science of mental life

Definition 3: exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage - [noun denoting act]

Samples where use or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his manipulation of his friends was scandalous

Synonyms for use in the sense of this definition

(use is a kind of ...) causing something without any direct or apparent effort

(... is a kind of use ) deliberate actions of calculated psychological manipulation intended to intimidate or confuse (usually for competitive advantage)

"football players try to play mind games with the opposition" "the jeweler's mind game is to convince lovers that the size of a gemstone reflects the depth of their feelings"

Definition 4: what something is used for - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where use or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the function of an auger is to bore holes
  • ballet is beautiful but what use is it?

Synonyms for use in the sense of this definition

(use is a kind of ...) the quality of being of practical use

(... is a kind of use ) the purpose that justifies a thing's existence

(... are attributes of use) designed for or capable of a particular function or use

"a style of writing in which every word is functional" "functional architecture"

(... are attributes of use) not having or performing a function

Definition 5: a particular service - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where use or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he put his knowledge to good use
  • patrons have their uses

(use is a kind of ...) the quality of being of practical use

Definition 6: (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where use or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we were given the use of his boat

Synonyms for use in the sense of this definition

(use is a kind of ...) a right based in law

(... is a kind of use ) the conditions under which you can use material that is copyrighted by someone else without paying royalties

(... is a kind of use ) enjoyment derived from use or possession

(use belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 7: (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing - [noun denoting process]

Samples where use or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the consumption of energy has increased steadily

Synonyms for use in the sense of this definition

(use is a kind of ...) the ability and desire to purchase goods and services

"the automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips" "the demand exceeded the supply"

(... is a kind of use ) buying expensive services and products in order to flaunt your wealth

(use belongs to category ...) the branch of social science that deals with the production and distribution and consumption of goods and services and their management

Definition 8: use up, consume fully - [verb of consumption]

Samples where use or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The legislature expended its time on school questions

Synonyms for use in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of use ) change the inherent purpose or function of something

"Don't abuse the system" "The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers"

(... is a kind of use ) use wrongly or improperly or excessively

"Her husband often abuses alcohol" "while she was pregnant, she abused drugs"

(... is a kind of use ) use frugally or carefully

(... is a kind of use ) require (time or space)

"It took three hours to get to work this morning" "This event occupied a very short time"

(... is a kind of use ) spend thoughtlessly; throw away

"He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends" "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"

(use implies ...) use up (resources or materials)

"this car consumes a lot of gas" "We exhausted our savings" "They run through 20 bottles of wine a week"

Definition 9: put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose - [verb of consumption]

Samples where use or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • use your head!
  • we only use Spanish at home
  • I can't use this tool
  • Apply a magnetic field here
  • This thinking was applied to many projects
  • How do you utilize this tool?
  • I apply this rule to get good results
  • use the plastic bags to store the food
  • He doesn't know how to use a computer

Synonyms for use in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of use ) give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

"She committed herself to the work of God" "give one's talents to a good cause" "consecrate your life to the church"

(... is a kind of use ) use or manipulate to one's advantage

"He exploit the new taxation system" "She knows how to work the system" "he works his parents for sympathy"

(... is a kind of use ) draw from; make good use of

"we must exploit the resources we are given wisely"

(... is a kind of use ) use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity

"He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro" "Don't strain your mind too much"

(... is a kind of use ) put to use

"exert one's power or influence"

(... is a kind of use ) have benefit from

"enjoy privileges"

(... is a kind of use ) travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route

"He takes the bus to work" "She takes Route 1 to Newark"

(... is a kind of use ) use jointly or in common

(... is a kind of use ) cause to work

"he is working his servants hard"

(... is a kind of use ) apply in a manner consistent with its purpose or design

"implement a procedure"

(... is a kind of use ) have recourse to

"The government resorted to rationing meat"

(... is a kind of use ) use again after processing

"We must recycle the cardboard boxes"

(... is a kind of use ) use parts of something to repair something else

(... is a kind of use ) employ in a game or in a specific position

"They played him on first base"

(... is a kind of use ) use or move

"I had to play my queen"

(... is a kind of use ) use all resources available

"The organizers pulled out all the stops for the centennial meeting"

(... is a kind of use ) attribute or give

"She put too much emphasis on her the last statement" "He put all his efforts into this job" "The teacher put an interesting twist to the interpretation of the story"

(... is a kind of use ) use diligently

"ply your wits!"

(... is a kind of use ) address or apply oneself to something, direct one's efforts towards something, such as a question

(... is a kind of use ) use inefficiently or inappropriately

"waste heat" "waste a joke on an unappreciative audience"

(... is a kind of use ) apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly

"The words are misapplied in this context" "You are misapplying the name of this religious group"

(... is a kind of use ) use to one's advantage

"He availed himself of the available resources"

(... is a kind of use ) make use of too often or too extensively

(use causes ...) be pertinent or relevant or applicable

"The same laws apply to you!" "This theory holds for all irrational numbers" "The same rules go for everyone"

(use has a similar meaning as ...) avail oneself to

"apply a principle" "practice a religion" "use care when going down the stairs" "use your common sense" "practice non-violent resistance"

Definition 10: take or consume (regularly or habitually) - [verb of consumption]

Samples where use or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She uses drugs rarely

Synonyms for use in the sense of this definition

(use is a kind of ...) serve oneself to, or consume regularly

"Have another bowl of chicken soup!" "I don't take sugar in my coffee"

(... is a kind of use ) inhale and exhale smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes

"We never smoked marijuana" "Do you smoke?"

(... is a kind of use ) use recreational drugs

Samples where use or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She used to call her mother every week but now she calls only occasionally
  • I used to get sick when I ate in that dining hall
  • They used to vacation in the Bahamas
  • she used to be his best friend and now they are enemies

(use is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

Samples where use or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • apply a principle
  • practice a religion
  • use care when going down the stairs
  • use your common sense
  • practice non-violent resistance

Synonyms for use in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of use ) adhere to or practice

"These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion"

(use has a similar meaning as ...) put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

"use your head!" "we only use Spanish at home" "I can't use this tool" "Apply a magnetic field here" "This thinking was applied to many projects" "How do you utilize this tool?" "I apply this rule to get good results" "use the plastic bags to store the food" "He doesn't know how to use a computer"

Samples where use or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She uses her influential friends to get jobs
  • The president's wife used her good connections

(use is a kind of ...) use or manipulate to one's advantage

"He exploit the new taxation system" "She knows how to work the system" "he works his parents for sympathy"

(... is a kind of use ) make excessive use of

"You are taking advantage of my good will!" "She is trespassing upon my privacy"

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