Definition of usage
- a decreased usage of electricity
Seat belt usage in the state is now mandatory.
drug usage among college students
Restaurant dishes must be able to withstand rough usage.
efforts to reduce water usage
increasing usage of the nation's highways
This word occurs in casual usage.
differences between British and American usage
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: the act of using something
: the way that something is used
: the amount of something that is used
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