Use Definition

Define what is Use?

1. usage, use, utilisation, utilization, exercise, employment (noun)

the act of using.

  • he warned against the use of narcotic drugs.
  • skilled in the utilization of computers.

activity noun
any specific behavior.


practice noun
the exercise of a profession.

play noun
utilization or exercise.

misuse, abuse noun
improper or excessive use.

exploitation, development noun
the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful.

recycling noun
the act of processing used or abandoned materials for use in creating new products.

application, practical application noun
the act of bringing something to bear; using it for a particular purpose.

2. apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize (verb)

put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose.

  • use your head!.
  • we only use Spanish at home.
  • I can't use this tool.
  • Apply a magnetic field here.
  • This thinking was applied to many projects.
  • How do you utilize this tool?.
  • I apply this rule to get good results.
  • use the plastic bags to store the food.
  • He doesn't know how to use a computer.

dedicate, devote, commit, consecrate, give verb
give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause.

play verb
employ in a game or in a specific position.

play verb
use or move.

pull out all the stops verb
use all resources available.

put, assign verb
attribute or give.

ply verb
use diligently.

address verb
address or apply oneself to something, direct one's efforts towards something, such as a question.

waste verb
use inefficiently or inappropriately.

misapply, misuse verb
apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly.

avail verb
use to one's advantage.

overuse, overdrive verb
make use of too often or too extensively.

cannibalise, cannibalize verb
use parts of something to repair something else.

reprocess, reuse, recycle verb
use again after processing.

exploit, work verb
use or manipulate to one's advantage.

exploit, tap verb
draw from; make good use of.

strain, extend verb
use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity.

exercise, exert verb
put to use.

enjoy verb
have benefit from.

take verb
travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route.

share verb
use jointly or in common.

put to work, work verb
cause to work.

implement verb
apply in a manner consistent with its purpose or design.

resort, recur, fall back verb
have recourse to.

3. function, purpose, use, role (noun)

what something is used for.

  • the function of an auger is to bore holes.
  • ballet is beautiful but what use is it?.
Synonyms: function, purpose, role

usefulness, utility noun
the quality of being of practical use.


raison d'etre noun
the purpose that justifies a thing's existence.

4. habituate, use (verb)

take or consume (regularly or habitually).

  • She uses drugs rarely.
Synonyms: habituate

ingest, consume, have, take in, take verb
serve oneself to, or consume regularly.


tope, drink verb
drink excessive amounts of alcohol; be an alcoholic.

board verb
lodge and take meals (at).

5. expend, use (verb)

use up, consume fully.

  • The legislature expended its time on school questions.
Synonyms: expend

abuse, misuse, pervert verb
change the inherent purpose or function of something.

abuse verb
use wrongly or improperly or excessively.

spare verb
use frugally or carefully.

take, use up, occupy verb
require (time or space).

squander, waste, blow verb
spend thoughtlessly; throw away.

6. use (noun)

a particular service.

  • he put his knowledge to good use.
  • patrons have their uses.

usefulness, utility noun
the quality of being of practical use.

7. use (verb)

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.

exploit, work verb
use or manipulate to one's advantage.


take advantage, trespass verb
make excessive use of.

8. economic consumption, use of goods and services, usance, consumption, use (noun)

(economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing.

  • the consumption of energy has increased steadily.

demand noun
the ability and desire to purchase goods and services.


conspicuous consumption noun
buying expensive services and products in order to flaunt your wealth.

9. habit, use (noun)

(psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition.

  • owls have nocturnal habits.
  • she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair.
  • long use had hardened him to it.
Synonyms: habit

custom, usage, usance noun
accepted or habitual practice.


ritual noun
stereotyped behavior.

second nature noun
acquired behavior that is practiced so long it seems innate.

cleanliness noun
the habit of keeping free of superficial imperfections.

10. practice, use, apply (verb)

avail oneself to.

  • apply a principle.
  • practice a religion.
  • use care when going down the stairs.
  • use your common sense.
  • practice non-violent resistance.
Synonyms: practice, apply

follow verb
adhere to or practice.

11. use (verb)

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.

act, move verb
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action).

12. manipulation, use (noun)

exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage.

  • his manipulation of his friends was scandalous.
Synonyms: manipulation

influence noun
causing something without any direct or apparent effort.


mind game noun
deliberate actions of calculated psychological manipulation intended to intimidate or confuse (usually for competitive advantage).

13. enjoyment, use (noun)

(law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property.

  • we were given the use of his boat.
Synonyms: enjoyment

legal right noun
a right based in law.


fair use noun
the conditions under which you can use material that is copyrighted by someone else without paying royalties.

fruition noun
enjoyment derived from use or possession.

Nearby Terms

use immunity (noun)
an exemption that displaces the privilege against self-incrimination; neither compelled testimony or any fruits of it can be used against the witness who therefore can no longer fear self-incrimination

use of goods and services (noun)
(economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing

use up (verb)
use up (resources or materials)

useable (adjective satellite)
fit or ready for use or service

useableness (noun)
the quality of being able to provide good service

used (adjective)
employed in accomplishing something

used to (adjective satellite)
in the habit

used-car (noun)
a car that has been previously owned; not a new car

used-car lot (noun)
a parking lot where a dealer in used-cars displays cars for sale

useful (adjective)
being of use or service

usefully (adverb)
in a useful manner

usefulness (noun)
the quality of being of practical use

useless (adjective)
having no beneficial use or incapable of functioning usefully

uselessly (adverb)
in a useless manner

uselessness (noun)
the quality of having no practical use