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use

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of use

  1. 1 the act or practice of employing something for a particular purpose the use of boom boxes is strictly prohibited in the park Synonyms of use application, employment, exercise, operation, play, usage Words Related to use exertion; reuse Near Antonyms of use disuse, nonuse

  2. 2 the capacity for being useful for some purpose the broken grill isn't going to be of much use in cooking the hamburgers Synonyms of use account, avail, mileage, service, serviceability, serviceableness, usefulness, utility Words Related to use advantage, benefit, gain; aid, assistance, help; applicability, appropriateness, fitness, relevance; profit, value, worth Near Antonyms of use inapplicability, inappropriateness Antonyms of use uselessness, worthlessness

  3. 3 positive regard for something I have no use for slackers Synonyms of use appetite, fancy, favor, fondness, like, love, love affair, partiality, preference, relish, shine, taste, likingWords Related to use craving, desire, hankering, longing, thirst, yen; enthusiasm, gusto, interest, passion; bias, prejudice; bent, inclination, leaning, propensity, tendency; tooth; palate; weaknessNear Antonyms of use apathy, disinclination; indifference, unconcernAntonyms of use aversion, disfavor, disgust, dislike, distaste, hatred, loathing, mislike


use

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of use

  1. 1 to put into action or service I will need to use the large hammer for this project Synonyms of use apply, employ, exercise, exploit, harness, operate, utilize Words Related to use handle, manipulate, wield; direct, run, work; cannibalize, recycle, reuse Phrases bring to bear, draw on (or upon), make use of Near Antonyms of use ignore, neglect; misapply, misuse

  2. 2 to behave toward in a stated way the factory workers were underpaid and poorly used by their employers Synonyms of use act (toward), be (to), deal (with), handle, serve, treatWords Related to use consider, esteem, rate, reckon, regard, view; engage (with), react (to), respond (to)

  3. 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 Synonyms of use abuse, capitalize (on), cash in (on), impose (on or upon), leverage, milk, pimp, play (on or upon), exploit, workWords Related to use jerk around, manipulate, mistreat; bleed, cheat, fleece, overcharge, skin, soak, stick; commercialize, commodify

Synonym Discussion of use

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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