Definition of usage
1a : firmly established and generally accepted practice or procedureb : 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 familiarityc : the way in which words and phrases are actually used (as in a particular form or sense) in a language community
2a : the action, amount, or mode of using a decreased usage of electricityb : manner of treating
Examples of usage in a sentence
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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Origin and Etymology of usage
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from us use
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of usage
USAGE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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