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  1. use
  2. verb

    • 1. take, hold, or deploy (something) as a means of accomplishing a purpose or achieving a result; employ:

      she used her key to open the front door the poem uses simple language
      Synonym : utilize, make use of, avail oneself of, employ, work, operate, wield, ply, apply, maneuver, manipulate, put to use, put into service, find a use for, resort to, exercise, employ, apply, exert, bring into play, practice, implement, draw on
    • 2. treat (someone) in a particular way:

      use your troops well and they will not let you down
      Synonym : manage, handle, treat, behave toward, act toward, conduct oneself toward, deal with
    • 3. exploit (a person or situation) for one's own advantage:

      I couldn't help feeling that she was using me
      Synonym : take advantage of, exploit, make use of, manipulate, take liberties with, capitalize on, profit from, trade on, milk, impose on, abuse, misuse, mistreat, maltreat, treat lightly, trifle with, play with, cash in on, bleed, walk all over, play someone for a sucker
    • 4. apply (a name or title) to oneself:

      she still used her maiden name professionally
    • 5. take (an illegal drug):

      they were using heroin daily had she been using again?
    • 6. take or consume (an amount) from a limited supply:

      we have used all the available funds
      Synonym : consume, get through, go through, exhaust, deplete, expend, spend, waste, fritter away, squander, dissipate
    • 7. describing an action or state of affairs that was done repeatedly or existed for a period in the past:

      this road used to be a dirt track I used to give him lifts home
      Synonym : exercise, employ, apply, exert, bring into play, practice, implement, draw on
    • 8. be or become familiar with someone or something through experience:

      she was used to getting what she wanted he's weird, but you just have to get used to him
    • 9. one would like or benefit from:

      I could use another cup of coffee

    noun

  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: use, 3rd person present: uses, gerund or present participle: using, past tense: used, past participle: used

    • verb

      take, hold, or deploy (something) as a means of accomplishing or achieving something; employ:

      treat (someone) in a particular way:

    • noun

      the action of using something or the state of being used for a purpose:

      the ability or power to exercise or manipulate one's mind or body:

    • adjective

      having already been used:

      secondhand:

    • adjective

      having already been used:

      second-hand:

    • verb

      ill-treat (someone):
    • noun

      ill-treatment.
    • adjective

      designed to be used once and then disposed of or destroyed:
    • noun

      the application or function for which something is designed or for which it is ultimately used.
    • adjective

      (of technology or equipment) designed or suitable for both civilian and military purposes.
    • noun

      (in US copyright law) the doctrine that brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, be quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder:
    • noun

      a specific situation in which a product or service could potentially be used:
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