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English Dictionary: Usage by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
usage
n
  1. the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers"
    Synonym(s): use, usage, utilization, utilisation, employment, exercise
  2. accepted or habitual practice
    Synonym(s): custom, usage, usance
  3. the customary manner in which a language (or a form of a language) is spoken or written; "English usage"; "a usage borrowed from French"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Usage \Us"age\, n. [F. usage, LL. usaticum. See {Use}.]
      1. The act of using; mode of using or treating; treatment;
            conduct with respect to a person or a thing; as, good
            usage; ill usage; hard usage.
  
                     My brother Is prisoner to the bishop here, at whose
                     hands He hath good usage and great liberty. --Shak.
  
      2. Manners; conduct; behavior. [Obs.]
  
                     A gentle nymph was found, Hight Astery, excelling
                     all the crew In courteous usage.         --Spenser.
  
      3. Long-continued practice; customary mode of procedure;
            custom; habitual use; method. --Chaucer.
  
                     It has now been, during many years, the grave and
                     decorous usage of Parliaments to hear, in respectful
                     silence, all expressions, acceptable or
                     unacceptable, which are uttered from the throne.
                                                                              --Macaulay.
  
      4. Customary use or employment, as of a word or phrase in a
            particular sense or signification.
  
      5. Experience. [Obs.]
  
                     In eld [old age] is both wisdom and usage.
                                                                              --Chaucer.
  
      Syn: Custom; use; habit.
  
      Usage: {Usage}, {Custom}. These words, as here compared,
                  agree in expressing the idea of habitual practice; but
                  a custom is not necessarily a usage. A custom may
                  belong to many, or to a single individual. A usage
                  properly belongs to the great body of a people. Hence,
                  we speak of usage, not of custom, as the law of
                  language. Again, a custom is merely that which has
                  been often repeated, so as to have become, in a good
                  degree, established. A usage must be both often
                  repeated and of long standing. Hence, we speak of a
                  [bd]hew custom,[b8] but not of a [bd]new usage.[b8]
                  Thus, also, the [bd]customs of society[b8] is not so
                  strong an expression as the [bd]usages of society.[b8]
                  [bd]Custom, a greater power than nature, seldom fails
                  to make them worship.[b8] --Locke. [bd]Of things once
                  received and confirmed by use, long usage is a law
                  sufficient.[b8] --Hooker. In law, the words usage and
                  custom are often used interchangeably, but the word
                  custom also has a technical and restricted sense. See
                  {Custom}, n., 3.
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