1. The act of using (synset 100948944)
    "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers"
  2. What something is used for (synset 105156572)
    "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
  3. A particular service (synset 105157225)
    "he put his knowledge to good use"; "patrons have their uses"
  4. (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing (synset 113472977)
    "the consumption of energy has increased steadily"
  5. (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation;
    May be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition (synset 100415192)
    "owls have nocturnal habits"; "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use had hardened him to it"
  6. Exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage (synset 100159005)
    "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous"
  7. (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property (synset 105197374)
    "we were given the use of his boat"
  1. Put into service;
    Make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose (synset 201161188)
    "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"
  2. Take or consume (regularly or habitually) (synset 201167359)
    "She uses drugs rarely"
  3. Use up, consume fully (synset 201160888)
    "The legislature expended its time on school questions"
  4. Seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage (synset 202606487)
    "She uses her influential friends to get jobs"; "The president's wife used her good connections"
  5. Avail oneself to (synset 202567247)
    "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"
  6. Habitually do something or be in a certan state or place (use only in the past tense) (synset 202375130)
    "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"; "she used to be his best friend and now they are enemies"

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