noun us·age \ˈyü-sij, -zij\

: the act of using something

: the way that something is used

: the amount of something that is used

Full Definition of USAGE

a :  firmly established and generally accepted practice or procedure
b :  a uniform certain reasonable lawful practice existing in a particular locality or occupation and binding persons entering into transactions chiefly on the basis of presumed familiarity
c :  the way in which words and phrases are actually used (as in a particular form or sense) in a language community
a :  the action, amount, or mode of using <a decreased usage of electricity>
b :  manner of treating

Examples of USAGE

  1. Seat belt usage in the state is now mandatory.
  2. drug usage among college students
  3. Restaurant dishes must be able to withstand rough usage.
  4. efforts to reduce water usage
  5. increasing usage of the nation's highways
  6. This word occurs in casual usage.
  7. differences between British and American usage
  8. I came across an uncommon usage I'd like to discuss with you.

Origin of USAGE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from us use
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to USAGE

application, employment, exercise, operation, play, use
See Synonym Discussion at habit


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