use vs usage :

use or 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.”

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Definitions

  • n  the act of using
    he warned against the use of narcotic drugs
  • n  what something is used for
    ballet is beautiful but what use is it?
  • n  a particular service
    he put his knowledge to good use
    patrons have their uses
  • 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
    long use had hardened him to it
  • 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
    we were given the use of his boat
  • v  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
    use the plastic bags to store the food
    He doesn't know how to use a computer
  • v  take or consume (regularly or habitually)
    She uses drugs rarely
  • v  use up, consume fully
  • v  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
  • v  avail oneself to
    use care when going down the stairs
    use your common sense
  • v  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

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