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5 results for use
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. what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
    Synonym(s): function, purpose, role, use
  3. a particular service; "he put his knowledge to good use"; "patrons have their uses"
  4. (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing; "the consumption of energy has increased steadily"
    Synonym(s): consumption, economic consumption, usance, use, use of goods and services
  5. (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition; "owls have nocturnal habits"; "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use had hardened him to it"
    Synonym(s): habit, use
  6. exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage; "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous"
    Synonym(s): manipulation, use
  7. (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property; "we were given the use of his boat"
    Synonym(s): use, enjoyment
  1. 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"
    Synonym(s): use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ
  2. take or consume (regularly or habitually); "She uses drugs rarely"
    Synonym(s): use, habituate
  3. use up, consume fully; "The legislature expended its time on school questions"
    Synonym(s): use, expend
  4. seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage; "She uses her influential friends to get jobs"; "The president's wife used her good connections"
  5. avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"
    Synonym(s): practice, apply, use
  6. habitually do something (use only in the past tense); "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"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Use \Use\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Used}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Using}.]
      [OE. usen, F. user to use, use up, wear out, LL. usare to
      use, from L. uti, p. p. usus, to use, OL. oeti, oesus; of
      uncertain origin. Cf. {Utility}.]
      1. 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.
                     Launcelot Gobbo, use your legs.         --Shak.
                     Some other means I have which may be used. --Milton.
      2. To behave toward; to act with regard to; to treat; as, to
            use a beast cruelly. [bd]I will use him well.[b8] --Shak.
                     How wouldst thou use me now?               --Milton.
                     Cato has used me ill.                        --Addison.
      3. To practice customarily; to make a practice of; as, to use
            diligence in business.
                     Use hospitality one to another.         --1 Pet. iv.
      4. 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.
                     I am so used in the fire to blow.      --Chaucer.
                     Thou with thy compeers, Used to the yoke, draw'st
                     his triumphant wheels.                        --Milton.
      {To use one's self}, to behave. [Obs.] [bd]Pray, forgive me,
            if I have used myself unmannerly.[b8] --Shak.
      {To use up}.
            (a) To consume or exhaust by using; to leave nothing of;
                  as, to use up the supplies.
            (b) To exhaust; to tire out; to leave no capacity of force
                  or use in; to overthrow; as, he was used up by
                  fatigue. [Colloq.]
      Syn: Employ.
      Usage: {Use}, {Employ}. We use a thing, or make use of it,
                  when we derive from it some enjoyment or service. We
                  employ it when we turn that service into a particular
                  channel. We use words to express our general meaning;
                  we employ certain technical terms in reference to a
                  given subject. To make use of, implies passivity in
                  the thing; as, to make use of a pen; and hence there
                  is often a material difference between the two words
                  when applied to persons. To speak of [bd]making use of
                  another[b8] generally implies a degrading idea, as if
                  we had used him as a tool; while employ has no such
                  sense. A confidential friend is employed to negotiate;
                  an inferior agent is made use of on an intrigue.
                           I would, my son, that thou wouldst use the power
                           Which thy discretion gives thee, to control And
                           manage all.                                 --Cowper.
                           To study nature will thy time employ: Knowledge
                           and innocence are perfect joy.      --Dryden.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Use \Use\, n. [OE. us use, usage, L. usus, from uti, p. p. usus,
      to use. See {Use}, v. t.]
      1. 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
                     Books can never teach the use of books. --Bacon.
                     This Davy serves you for good uses.   --Shak.
                     When he framed All things to man's delightful use.
      2. Occasion or need to employ; necessity; as, to have no
            further use for a book. --Shak.
      3. Yielding of service; advantage derived; capability of
            being used; usefulness; utility.
                     God made two great lights, great for their use To
                     man.                                                   --Milton.
                     'T is use alone that sanctifies expense. --Pope.
      4. Continued or repeated practice; customary employment;
            usage; custom; manner; habit.
                     Let later age that noble use envy.      --Spenser.
                     How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable, Seem to me
                     all the uses of this world!               --Shak.
      5. Common occurrence; ordinary experience. [R.]
                     O C[91]sar! these things are beyond all use. --Shak.
      6. (Eccl.) 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.
                     From henceforth all the whole realm shall have but
                     one use.                                             --Pref. to
                                                                              Book of Common
      7. The premium paid for the possession and employment of
            borrowed money; interest; usury. [Obs.]
                     Thou art more obliged to pay duty and tribute, use
                     and principal, to him.                        --Jer. Taylor.
      8. [In this sense probably a corruption of OF. oes, fr. L.
            opus need, business, employment, work. Cf. {Operate}.]
            (Law) The benefit or profit of lands and tenements. Use
            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.
      9. (Forging) 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.
      {Contingent}, [or] {Springing}, {use} (Law), a use to come
            into operation on a future uncertain event.
      {In use}.
            (a) In employment; in customary practice observance.
            (b) In heat; -- said especially of mares. --J. H. Walsh.
      {Of no use}, useless; of no advantage.
      {Of use}, useful; of advantage; profitable.
      {Out of use}, not in employment.
      {Resulting use} (Law), a use, which, being limited by the
            deed, expires or can not vest, and results or returns to
            him who raised it, after such expiration.
      {Secondary}, [or] {Shifting}, {use}, a use which, though
            executed, may change from one to another by circumstances.
      {Statute of uses} (Eng. Law), the stat. 27 Henry VIII., cap.
            10, which transfers uses into possession, or which unites
            the use and possession.
      {To make use of}, {To put to use}, to employ; to derive
            service from; to use.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Use \Use\, v. i.
      1. 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
            [bd]use to,[b8] and [bd]used to.[b8]
                     They use to place him that shall be their captain on
                     a stone.                                             --Spenser.
                     Fears use to be represented in an imaginary.
                     Thus we use to say, it is the room that smokes, when
                     indeed it is the fire in the room.      --South.
                     Now Moses used to take the tent and to pitch it
                     without the camp.                              --Ex. xxxiii.
                                                                              7 (Rev. Ver.)
      2. To be accustomed to go; to frequent; to inhabit; to dwell;
            -- sometimes followed by of. [Obs.] [bd]Where never foot
            did use.[b8] --Spenser.
                     He useth every day to a merchant's house. --B.
                     Ye valleys low, where the mild whispers use Of
                     shades, and wanton winds, and gushing brooks.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      An early system on the {IBM 1103} or 1103A.
      [Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959)].
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