us·​age | \ ˈyü-sij How to pronounce usage (audio) , -zij \

Definition of usage

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

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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

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 I came across an uncommon usage I'd like to discuss with you.
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Recent Examples on the Web Such industries’ ability to deliver is highly dependent on the product mix, the usage of resources and shifts in bottleneck areas. Cyrus Hadavi, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 Even with its own modifications to lessen usage of liquid oxygen, OUC is only narrowly able to meet the demand for water and is increasingly wary of further supply-chain disruptions in addition to those caused by the pandemic. Kevin Spear,, 3 Sep. 2021 The Compressed Gas Association, whose members are seeing three to five times the normal usage of oxygen, is reallocating product from the industrial sector to the health care sector to help mitigate the problem. Kristen Holmes, CNN, 31 Aug. 2021 Concerns over improper usage of the livestock version also led the FDA to warn the public to not use ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2021 The latest data from Chainalysis shows usage of cryptocurrencies globally rose by over 880% in 2020, largely driven by transactions on peer to peer platforms in emerging markets. Conrad Onyango, Quartz, 23 Aug. 2021 Other apps can help parents monitor their children's usage of social media. Anne Marie Lee, CBS News, 19 Aug. 2021 That usage was still minimal compared to the track record of the tight end position in Harsin’s offenses at Boise State. Tom Green |, al, 17 Aug. 2021 Encourage physical distancing and maximize usage of outdoor spaces for gatherings. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 13 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of usage

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for usage

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from us use

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16 Sep 2021

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“Usage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of usage

: the act of using something
: the way that something is used
: the amount of something that is used


us·​age | \ ˈyü-sij How to pronounce usage (audio) , -zij \

Kids Definition of usage

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.


us·​age | \ ˈyü-sij, -zij How to pronounce usage (audio) \

Legal Definition of usage

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

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