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  • 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

  • I find use of credit cards over the Internet to have been safe so far.
  • If you can use them and you don't, you're basically throwing money away unnecessarily.
  • It's a wind turbine designed especially for home use.
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  • Fabio Capello in The Guardian
    Sir Dave Richards has called me to tell me everyone at the FA wants me to continue,said Capello. "I explained it is very important we use the disappointment as a motivation in the future. I can assure the fans I am now fully focused on our...
  • President Bush in Xinhua
    The Muslim Representative from Minnesota was elected by the voters of that district and if American citizens don't wake up and adopt (my) position on immigration there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office and demanding the use of the... Virgil Goode Washington Post Dec 21, 2006 106726 139930 use We expect they will use it to boost consumer spending and that will spur job creation as well," Bush said in Friday's statement.

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