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use

verb

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to put into action or service
  • I will need to use the large hammer for this project

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2 to behave toward in a stated way
  • the factory workers were underpaid and poorly used by their employers

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3 to take unfair advantage of
  • I was paying for everything on our little outing, and I was starting to feel like I was being used

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use

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of use (Entry 2 of 2)

1 the act or practice of employing something for a particular purpose
  • the use of boom boxes is strictly prohibited in the park

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2 the capacity for being useful for some purpose
  • the broken grill isn't going to be of much use in cooking the hamburgers

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How does the verb use contrast with its synonyms?

The words employ and utilize are common synonyms of use. While all three words mean "to put into service especially to attain an end," use implies availing oneself of something as a means or instrument to an end.

willing to use any means to achieve her ends

Where would employ be a reasonable alternative to use?

Although the words employ and use have much in common, employ suggests the use of a person or thing that is available but idle, inactive, or disengaged.

looking for better ways to employ their skills

When is it sensible to use utilize instead of use?

While in some cases nearly identical to use, utilize may suggest the discovery of a new, profitable, or practical use for something.

an old wooden bucket utilized as a planter

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The first known use of use was in the 13th century

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“Use.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/use. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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