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Definition of use:

  1. A stab of iron welded to the side of a forging, as a shaft, near the end, and afterward drawn down, by hammering, so as to lengthen the forging.
  2. Common occurrence; ordinary experience.
  3. Continued or repeated practice; customary employment; usage; custom; manner; habit.
  4. Occasion or need to employ; necessity; as, to have no further use for a book.
  5. The act of employing anything, or of applying it to one's service; the state of being so employed or applied; application; employment; conversion to some purpose; as, the use of a pen in writing; his machines are in general use.
  6. The benefit or profit of lands and tenements. imports a trust and confidence reposed in a man for the holding of lands. He to whose use or benefit the trust is intended shall enjoy the profits. An estate is granted and limited to A for the use of B.
  7. The premium paid for the possession and employment of borrowed money; interest; usury.
  8. The special form of ritual adopted for use in any diocese; as, the Sarum, or Canterbury, use; the Hereford use; the York use; the Roman use; etc.
  9. To accustom; to habituate; to render familiar by practice; to inure; - employed chiefly in the passive participle; as, men used to cold and hunger; soldiers used to hardships and danger.
  10. To be accustomed to go; to frequent; to inhabit; to dwell; - sometimes followed by of.
  11. To be wont or accustomed; to be in the habit or practice; as, he used to ride daily; - now disused in the present tense, perhaps because of the similarity in sound, between use to, and used to.
  12. To behave toward; to act with regard to; to treat; as, to use a beast cruelly.
  13. To make use of; to convert to one's service; to avail one's self of; to employ; to put a purpose; as, to use a plow; to use a chair; to use time; to use flour for food; to use water for irrigation.
  14. To practice customarily; to make a practice of; as, to use diligence in business.
  15. Yielding of service; advantage derived; capability of being used; usefulness; utility.


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Usage examples:

  • " It would be no use.

    - "Hector's Inheritance or The Boys of Smith Institute", Horatio Alger.
  • Then use it for 'em!

    - "Patty's Success", Carolyn Wells.
  • And what use will it be to me?

    - "The Little Lame Prince And: The Invisible Prince; Prince Cherry; The Prince With The Nose The Frog-Prince; Clever Alice", Miss Mulock--Pseudonym of Maria Dinah Craik.