use vs usage : Common Errors in English

About use vs usage

“Use” and “usage” overlap somewhat, but they are not entirely synonymous. Many people treat “usage” as if it were just a fancier form of “use” in phrases like “make usage of,” where “make use of” is the standard expression. As a rule of thumb, if either “use” or “usage” seems appropriate, go with “use.”

use Meaning(s)

  • (n) the act of using
  • (n) what something is used for
  • (n) a particular service
  • (n) (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing
  • (n) (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition
  • (n) exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage
  • (n) (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property
  • (v) put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
  • (v) take or consume (regularly or habitually)
  • (v) use up, consume fully
  • (v) seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage
  • (v) avail oneself to
  • (v) habitually do something (use only in the past tense)

usage Meaning(s)

  • (n) accepted or habitual practice
  • (n) the act of using
  • (n) the customary manner in which a language (or a form of a language) is spoken or written

use in News

  1. Growing Use of Web Applications in Asia-Pacific Businesses Spurs Installation of Web Application Firewalls, Finds ...

    SINGAPORE, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The increasing use of web applications in enterprises, along with the rise in cyber attacks and regulatory requirements, has lent momentum to the web application ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Heroin use and deaths up in WA, especially in youth

    SEATTLE -- Heroin use and related deaths have increased significantly across Washington over the past decade. A new study released Wednesday say the increase is especially noticeable among people younger than 30. Young people are finding it cheaper and easier to get heroin than prescription opiates, and both kinds of drugs offer a similar high and danger of addiction. That's according to Caleb ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: KREM.com Spokane

  3. Heroin use, deaths up in WA, especially in youth

    Heroin use and related deaths have increased significantly across Washington over the past decade. A new study released Wednesday say the increase is especially noticeable among people younger than 30.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Seattle Times

usage in News

  1. Summer temps heat up talk about conservation and water wasting

    As our temperatures go up, typically, so does area water usage, but sometimes some of that usage may be more wasteful than useful.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: KFDA-TV Amarillo

  2. Google Fiber might really just be a ploy… to lower your cable TV bill

    Google is on a mission to bring high-speed data service to American homes at the lowest possible cost to the consumer. Why? Logic dictates that faster data means more Internet usage, and more Internet usage means more Google services (and ads). The real explanation might not be that simple, however, and Citigroup analyst Jason Bazinet has a theory: Google Fiber is actually a ploy to drive down ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: BGR News via Yahoo! News

  3. Global Mobile Usage Plans 2013-2018 - MNO Pricing Strategies for Voice, Text and Data Tariffs

    NEW YORK, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Global Mobile Usage Plans 2013-2018 - MNO Pricing Strategies for Voice, ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

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