use1 W1S1 [ju:z] v
1¦(use something)¦
2¦(amount of something)¦
3¦(treat somebody unfairly)¦
4¦(an advantage)¦
5 could use something
Phrasal verbs
 use something<=>up
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: user, from Latin usus, past participle of uti 'to use']
if you use a particular tool, method, service, ability etc, you do something with that tool, by means of that method etc, for a particular purpose
Can I use your phone?
I'll show you which room you can use.
I always use the same shampoo.
Use your imagination when planning meals.
She booked the flight using a false name.
easy/difficult/simple etc to use
Drop-down menus make the program very easy to use.
use sth for (doing) sth
They were using animals for scientific experiments.
Bob uses the van for picking up groceries.
use sth as sth
My parents use the house as a holiday home.
use sth to do sth
Most people now use their cars to go shopping.
use force
(=use violent methods)
to take an amount of something from a supply of food, gas, money etc
We use about £40 worth of electricity a month.
Standard washing machines use about 40 gallons of water.
to make someone do something for you in order to get something you want
Can't you see that Howard is just using you?
Gerald had been using her for his own ends .
4.) ¦(AN ADVANTAGE)¦ [T]
to take advantage of a situation
use sth to do sth
She used her position as manager to get jobs for her friends.
5.) could use sth
spoken if you say you could use something, you mean you would really like to have it
I could use a drink.
6.) ¦(WORD)¦ [T]
to say or write a particular word or phrase
We use the word 'hardware' to describe the actual machine.
Don't use bad language .
7.) ¦(DRUGS)¦ [I and T]
to regularly take illegal drugs
→↑used to
use up [use sth<=>up] phr v
to use all of something
She's used up all the hot water.
use 2
use2 W2S3 [ju:s] n
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: us, from Latin usus; USE1]
1.) [singular, U]
the action or fact of using something
an exit for use in emergencies
use of
the increasing use of computers in education
a purpose for which something can be used
Robots have many different uses in modern industry.
have/find a use for sth
The cupboard is full of things I can never find a use for.
3.) make use of sth
to use something that is available in order to achieve something or get an advantage for yourself
We will make use of her vast experience.
There is an answering machine for you to make use of.
Try to make good use of your time.
4.) put sth to (good) use
to use something such as knowledge or skills for a particular purpose
a job where her management skills can be put to good use
5.) the use of sth
the ability or right to use something
Joe's given me the use of his office till he gets back.
He lost the use of both legs as a result of the accident.
6.) be (of) no use (to sb)
to be completely useless
You needed blankets to keep warm because the heating was no use.
Take this - it's of no use to me any more.
7.) it's no use doing sth
spoken used to tell someone not to do something because it will have no effect
It's no use complaining.
8.) it's no use!
spoken used to say that you are going to stop doing something because you do not think it will be successful
Oh, it's no use! I can't fix it.
9.) what's the use (of sth)
spoken used to say that something seems to be a waste of time
What's the use of decorating the house if we are going to sell it?
10.) be in use
a machine, place etc that is in use is being used
Electric vehicles built in 1920 were still in use in the 1950s.
11.) for the use of sb
provided for a particular person or group of people to use
a bar for the use of the guests
12.) be of use (to sb/sth)
to be useful
He was charged with having information likely to be of use to terrorists.
13.) come into use also bring sth into use
to start being used, or to start using something
Computers first came into use in the early 1950s.
14.) go/be out of use
a machine, place etc that goes out of use or is out of use is not being used
Some 4,000 railway stations have gone out of use since the 1960s.
15.) have no use for sb/sth
to have no respect for someone or something
She has no use for people who are always complaining.
16.) sth/sb has their uses
spoken used, often humorously, to say that something or someone can sometimes be useful, even though it may not seem that way
Being stubborn can have its uses.
one of the meanings of a word, or the way that a particular word is used

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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