usage

noun us·age \ ˈyü-sij , -zij \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of usage

1 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
2 a : the action, amount, or mode of using
  • a decreased usage of electricity
b : manner of treating

Examples of usage in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of usage

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from us use

usage Synonyms

Synonyms
application, employment, exercise, operation, play, use
Related Words
exertion; reuse
Near Antonyms
disuse, nonuse

Synonym Discussion of usage

habit, practice, usage, custom, wont mean a way of acting fixed through repetition. habit implies a doing unconsciously and often compulsively.
    • had a habit of tapping his fingers
practice suggests an act or method followed with regularity and usually through choice.
    • our practice is to honor all major credit cards
usage suggests a customary action so generally followed that it has become a social norm.
    • western-style dress is now common usage in international business
custom applies to a practice or usage so steadily associated with an individual or group as to have almost the force of unwritten law.
    • the custom of wearing black at funerals
wont usually applies to a habitual manner, method, or practice of an individual or group.
    • as was her wont, she slept until noon


USAGE Defined for English Language Learners

usage

noun

Definition of usage for English Language Learners

  • : the act of using something

  • : the way that something is used

  • : the amount of something that is used


USAGE Defined for Kids

usage

noun us·age \ ˈyü-sij , -zij \

Definition of usage for Students

1 : usual way of doing things
  • a business usage
2 : the way in which words and phrases are actually used
3 : the action of using : use
  • The book was worn from long usage.

Law Dictionary

usage

noun us·age \ ˈyü-sij, -zij \

legal Definition of usage

: an habitual or uniform practice especially in an area or trade — compare custom


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