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Dictionary definition for: Use

1. (n) the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs" "skilled in the utilization of computers"

2. (v) put into service; make work or employ (something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!" "we only use Spanish at home" "I can''t make use of this tool" "Apply a magnetic field here" "This thinking was applied

3. (n) a particular service; "he put his knowledge to good use" "patrons have their uses"

4. (v) take or consume (regularly or habitually) "She uses drugs rarely"

5. (n) what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes" "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"

6. (v) seek or achieve an end by using to one''s advantage; "She uses her influential friends to get jobs" "The president''s wife used her good connections"

7. (n) (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing; "the consumption of energy has increased steadily"

8. (v) use up, consume fully; "The legislature expended its time on school questions"

9. (n) a pattern of behavior acquired through frequent repetition; "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair" "long use had hardened him to it"

10. (v) avail oneself to; "apply a principle" "practice a religion" "use care when going down the stairs" "use your common sense" "practice non-violent resistance"

11. (n) (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property; "we were given the use of his boat"

12. (v) habitually do something (use only in the past tense) "She used to call her mother every week but now she calls only occasionally" "I used to get sick when I ate in that dining hall" "They used to vacation in the Bahamas"

13. (n) exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one''s own advantage; "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous"

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