[juːz] verb I
1) [T] to do something using a machine, tool, skill, method etc to do a job or to achieve a result
Using a computer is so much quicker.[/ex]
What type of soap do you use?[/ex]
Using all his charm, he managed to persuade them.[/ex]
Psychological tests are used for selection purposes.[/ex]
We use methane gas for heating.[/ex]
The land is being used as a car park.[/ex]
2) [T] to get a benefit for yourself from something available to you
Only about 30 people regularly use the bus service.[/ex]
3) [T] to take an amount from a supply of something
You've used all the hot water again.[/ex]
4) [T] to treat someone in an unfair way, for example by pretending to care about them so that they do what you want
You know he's just using you.[/ex]
5) [T] to say or write particular words
Don't use language like that in front of your little brother.[/ex]
6) [I/T] to take illegal drugs regularly
In jail, he continued to use drugs.[/ex]
could use sthspoken used for saying someone or something needs a particular thing very much[/ex]
You both look as if you could use a drink.[/ex]
- use sth up
Word family: use Words in the same family as useusage nuser nused adjdisused adjuseful adjmisuse n, vuseless adjreuse vreusable adj II
use */*/*/[juːs]
1) [singular/U] the act of using something
an unnecessary use of force[/ex]
the use of resources/technology/computers[/ex]
2) [C/U] a way of using something
This material has a variety of manufacturing uses.[/ex]
This is not the best use of your talents.[/ex]
I kept hoping to find a use for it.[/ex]
3) [U] the right, an opportunity, or permission to use something
We can have the use of the hall every Thursday.[/ex]
The pool was built for the use of residents (= only for them to use).[/ex]
4) [U] the ability to use a part of your body
He lost the use of his legs in a car crash.[/ex]
be of use (to sb) — to be helpful or useful[/ex]
Can I be of any use?[/ex]
This information may be of use to him.[/ex]
be (of) no use (to sb) — to not be helpful or useful[/ex]
This book is no use whatever.[/ex]
Get some rest or you'll be of no use to anyone.[/ex]
come into/go out of use — to start or stop being used by people[/ex]
Computers first came into use in the early 1950s.[/ex]
in/out of use — being used regularly, or not being used any longer[/ex]
I'll be glad to see the building in use again.[/ex]
it's no usespoken used for saying that something is not likely to have a successful result[/ex]
It's no use. We'll never get there on time.[/ex]
it's no use doing sth It's no use asking me. I don't know.[/ex]
make use of — to use someone or something for a particular purpose, especially one that brings a benefit to you[/ex]
Why doesn't she make use of her singing talent?[/ex]
I hope you've made good use of your time.[/ex]
put sth to good use — to use something you have for a sensible purpose that brings a benefit to you[/ex]
Do you promise to put the money to good use?[/ex]
there's no use (in) doing sthspoken used for saying that something that you do is not likely to have a successful result[/ex]
She realized there was no use arguing with him.[/ex]

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