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use

noun

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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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use

verb

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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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Verb

use, employ, utilize 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 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 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/use. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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