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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Apple will give users the option to have a dark background that is said to be easier on the eyes and potentially better for battery life. Shannon Liao, CNN, "iOS 13 is coming this week: Here's what to expect," 17 Sep. 2019 State and federal investigations have focused on vape oils with THC, the chemical in cannabis that gives users a high. oregonlive, "Exclusive: Lung doctors tell why and how Oregon vaping victim died," 11 Sep. 2019 Jackson is also playing for a QB coach, James Urban, who has a gift for explaining reads in clear, user-friendly terms. 2. Andy Benoit,, "Steelers’ Weaknesses on Both Sides of the Ball Exposed in Loss to Patriots," 11 Sep. 2019 Then there is a more salient question for these platforms: What information can an app provide that will enhance the user’s experience of looking at art? Sophie Haigney, New York Times, "Wondering Who Did That Painting? There’s an App (or Two) for That," 11 Sep. 2019 But the trays are not user-friendly, with little divots that hold dipping sauces and cooked (or uncooked?) meat. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Hot and bothered at Black Rock in Fort Lauderdale, home of DIY steaks and mystery drink prices," 11 Sep. 2019 Real estate website Zillow launched an instant-buying program Monday in San Diego County that will give users quick cash offers on their homes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego: Zillow wants to buy your home," 9 Sep. 2019 The Governor’s Office of Information Technology, which has worked on the project for nearly two years, has said the revolutionary new system, which relies on cloud technology, will greatly simplify the user experience. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Some Coloradans can’t access food and medical benefits due to glitches in new state system," 5 Sep. 2019 Instead of merely hearing a recording, Vlahos is building a more sophisticated and user-friendly virtual model that is being designed to encourage interaction. Peter Holley, Anchorage Daily News, "Virtual afterlife: ‘Hey, Google! Let me talk to my departed father’," 30 Aug. 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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