Complete Definition of "use"

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English

rank|light|felt|since|250|use|used|began|thy

Alternative spellings
uſe i|archaic

Etymology 1
A corruption of OF. oes, from L. opus need, business, employment, work.

Pronunciation
AHD|yo͞os, IPA|/juːs/, SAMPA|/ju:s/
audio|en-us-use-noun.ogg|Audio (US)
Rhymes:English:-uːs|Rhymes: -uːs

Noun
en-noun|s|-

  1. countable The act of using.

#: The use of torture has been condemned by the United Nations.
#: There is no use for your invention.

  1. context|uncountable|followed by "of" usefulness|Usefulness, benefit.

#: What's the use of a law that nobody abides to?

  1. A function; a purpose for which something may be employed.

#: This tool has many uses.

Synonyms
i-c|act of using employment, usage
i-c|usefulness benefit, good, point, usefulness, utility

Derived terms
fair use
misuse
no use
what's the use|what’s the use
hyper-use

Translations
trans-top|act of using
Catalan: ús m
Chinese: 用 (yòng)
Czech: použití n
Dutch: gebruik n
Finnish: käyttö
French: usage#French|usage m
German: Benutzung f, Anwendung f, Gebrauch m
Italian: uso#Italian|uso m
Japanese: 使用 (shiyō), 利用 (riyō)
Kurdish: KUchar|به‌کارهێنان
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Norwegian: bruk m
Polish: użycie, stosowanie
Portuguese: uso#Portuguese|uso m
Romanian: folosire f, uz f
Romansch: niz m
Russian: употребление (upotreblénije) n
Slovene: uporaba f (1), raba f (1)
Spanish: uso#Spanish|uso m
Turkish: kullanma, kullanım, kullanış
Vietnamese: sự dùng
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trans-top|usefulness
Dutch: nut n
Finnish: hyödyllisyys, hyöty
French: utilité f
German: Nutzen m
Japanese: 効用 (kōyō)
Kurdish: KUchar|که‌ڵک
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Norwegian: nytte m
Polish: użytek, użyteczność
Spanish: utilidad f
Turkish: fayda, yarar
Vietnamese: ích
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trans-top|function
Czech: použití n
Dutch: functie f
Finnish: käyttötarkoitus, käyttökohde
German: Funktion f, Zweck m
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Japanese: 用途 (yōto)
Polish: zastosowanie, funkcja
Spanish: función f
Turkish: kullanış
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Translations to be checked
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ttbc|Chinese: 用 (yòng), 使用

Etymology 2
OE. us use, usage, L. usus, from uti, to use.

Pronunciation
AHD|yo͞oz, IPA|/juːz/, SAMPA|/ju:z/
audio|en-us-use.ogg|Audio (US)
Rhymes:English:-uːz|Rhymes: -uːz
Homophones: ewes, yews, yous, youse

Verb
en-verb|us|ing

  1. transitive To employ or apply.

#: Use this knife to slice the bread.
#: We can use this mathematical formula to solve the problem.''

  1. intransitive See used<!--as in "used to"-->

Synonyms
apply
employ
engage
exploit
take advantage of
utilise/utilize (use sparingly)

Translations
rfc-level|Translations at L3+ (AutoFormat? would have corrected level of Synonyms)
trans-top|employ, apply
Arabic: ARchar|استعمل unicode|(’istáʕmala)
Catalan: usar, utilitzar
Chinese: 用 (yòng), 使用 (shǐyòng), 应用 (yìngyòng), 消耗 (xiāohào)
Czech: použít
Dutch: gebruiken
Esperanto: uzi
Finnish: käyttää
French: utiliser, se servir de<!--note: "user" is a false friend in French-->
German: benutzen, verwenden, gebrauchen
Hebrew: השתמש|הִשְתָמֶש (hištamesh)
Hungarian: használni
Ido: uzar
Italian: usare
Japanese: 用いる, 使う (つかう, tsukau)
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Korean: 쓰다 (sseuda), 사용하다 (sayonghada)
Latvian: lietot, izmantot
Occitan: usar, emplegar
Polish: używać, posługiwać się
Portuguese: usar, utilizar
Romanian: utiliza, folosi
Romansch: duvrar, applitgar
Russian: использовать (ispól’zovat’), употреблять (upotreblját’)
Sardinian: imperàre
Spanish: usar, utilizar
Swedish: använda
Turkish: kullanmak
Vietnamese: dùng, sử dụng, xài, lợi dụng

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Derived terms
usability
usable
usage
used<!--as in "used car"-->
used to<!--accustomed to; forming imperfect tense-->
useful
user

References
R:1913

Category:100 English basic words
Category:English heteronyms

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