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English Dictionary: usage by the DICT Development Group
2 results for usage
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  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.
      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.
      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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