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: to expend or consume by putting to use —often used with up
: to consume or take (liquor, drugs, etc.) regularly
: to carry out a purpose or action by means of : utilize
also : manipulate sense 2b
used him selfishly
—used in the past with to to indicate a former fact or state
we used to go more oftendidn't use to smoke
: to take illicit drugs regularly
: the act or practice of employing something : employment, application
he made good use of his spare time
: the fact or state of being used
a dish in daily use
: a method or manner of employing or applying something
gained practice in the use of the camera
: the privilege or benefit of using something
gave him the use of her car
: the ability or power to use something (such as a limb or faculty)
: the legal enjoyment of property that consists in its employment, occupation, exercise, or practice
: a particular service or end
put learning to practical use
: the quality of being suitable for employment
saving things that might be of use
: good sense 2b
it's no use arguing
: the occasion or need to employ
took only what they had use for
: the benefit in law of one or more persons
specifically : the benefit or profit of property established in one other than the legal possessor
: a legal arrangement by which such benefits and profits are so established
: habitual or customary usage
: an individual habit or group custom
: a liturgical form or observance
especially : a liturgy having modifications peculiar to a local church or religious order
Verb I need to use the phone when you're done. The machine is easy to use. After the accident, she could no longer use her legs. We use only organic fertilizers on our farm. They make paper using traditional Japanese methods. He used his time there well. Which accountant do you use? a new kind of light bulb that uses very little electricity Did you use all the eggs? Who used the last match? Noun Two players were suspended for illegal drug use. Doctors have found a new use for the drug. According to the dictionary, the word has two uses. See More
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VerbYet people use physical currency for a variety of legitimate reasons. —Wesley Hottot, National Review, 5 Mar. 2023 Exterior and interior finishes will use eco-friendly materials. —San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Mar. 2023 Clients use the materials to build houses, furniture, and artwork. —Jingnan Peng, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Mar. 2023 To use properly, prep your hair with shampoo and conditioner, massage the foam into your scalp, and style as usual. —Lauren Tappan, Town & Country, 3 Mar. 2023 Kim ordered officials to use better farming equipment and methods to increase food supply, state media reported Thursday. —Harold Maass, The Week, 3 Mar. 2023 The water pressure is somewhat adjustable and the control on the side is easy to use. —Emily Shiffer, Women's Health, 3 Mar. 2023 These are powerful and easy-to-use programs that produce synthetic text, images, video, and audio, all of which can be used by bad actors to fabricate events, people, speeches, and news reports to sow disinformation. —Matteo Wong, The Atlantic, 2 Mar. 2023 Oliver said that part of his responsibility visually was to make a black-and-white film in color — not just to pay homage to films of that period but to use the atmosphere of those films to make a contemporary one. —Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Mar. 2023
NounThat rate was more than 10% in Connecticut, 19% in Maryland and nearly 26% in Pennsylvania, where Sherman remade his life after years of homelessness and drug use. —Carolyn Barber, Fortune Well, 7 Mar. 2023 Second, there are cases like drug offenses and weapons possession, which are not typically about obtaining justice for victims but are supposed to further policy goals like preventing drug use. —The Conversation, Fortune, 3 Mar. 2023 In order to pay for all of this lifestyle and his drug use. —Fox News Staff, Fox News, 3 Mar. 2023 Individuals and organizations can help by encouraging honest conversations about safe drug use. —Evan Nison, Rolling Stone, 2 Mar. 2023 To some observers, the murders seemed to herald the end of a countercultural era of peace, love, and freewheeling drug use that had thrived in California, and to embody a dark undercurrent that emerged over the past decade. —Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Mar. 2023 Drug use on the transit network is rampant, with fatal drug overdoses rising sharply. —David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2023 To some observers, the murders seemed to herald the end of a countercultural era of peace, love and freewheeling drug use that had thrived in California, and to embody a dark undercurrent that had emerged over the past decade. —Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2023 Officials also equipped parents with counseling resources, information on how to set boundaries with kids and how to identify behavior associated with drug use. —Dallas News, 27 Feb. 2023 See More
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