us·​er | \ ˈyü-zər How to pronounce user (audio) \

Definition of user

: one that uses

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Synonyms & Antonyms for user


addict, dopehead, doper, druggie (also druggy), fiend, freak [slang], head, hophead [slang], hype [slang], junkie (also junky), stoner


nonaddict, nonuser

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Examples of user in a Sentence

a person who started out as a user and is now a drug dealer as well

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The keyboards have been lambasted by users for being too loud, not clicky enough, and breaking easily. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Apple might finally be releasing a laptop with a not-terrible keyboard," 5 July 2019 Many other users are turning to social media to share their experiences. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "The Biggest Earthquake in 20 Years Hit Southern California. Here's What to Know," 5 July 2019 There are also many variables the administrator can set for user PIN requirements (number of characters, special characters, non-repeating, nonsequential, etc.). Dallas News, "Gadget roundup: Speakers that can live outdoors and more," 4 July 2019 The website contains testimonials from trail users and a plea for the state to buy the land and incorporate it into Chugach State Park. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Popular trail on private land near Eagle River’s Mount Baldy closed to the public," 4 July 2019 Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "How to get, from San Francisco’s July 4 fireworks spectacular — without a car," 3 July 2019 But users sometimes accidentally put fireworks shells upside-down in the launcher, which can cause the effect charge to erupt too close to the ground, injuring workers and spectators. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Seven Inventions For a Safer Fourth of July," 3 July 2019 With reports surging throughout the system, the tech site Down Detector has received a wave of reports from users in the United States as well as the United Kingdom and Europe. Patrick May, The Denver Post, "#FacebookDown: Users report issues with Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp," 3 July 2019 One user’s photo of a woman with burns on her face, which was shared hundreds of times, ripped the photos from a Teen Vogue story., "Milkshake-makers in Portland protests say they got death threats after police warned of ‘quick-drying cement’," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of user

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of user

: a person or thing that uses something
: a person who frequently uses illegal drugs

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