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Etymology 1

From Middle English, from Old French us, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] usus (use, custom, skill, habit), from past partiiple stem of uti (use)

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
use

Plural
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  1. The act of using.
    The use of torture has been condemned by the United Nations.
    There is no use for your invention.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Usefulness, benefit.
    What's the use of a law that nobody abides to?
  3. A function; a purpose for which something may be employed.
    This tool has many uses.
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Etymology 2

From Middle English, from Old French user (use, employ, practice), from Vulgar Latin *usare "use", frequentative form of past participle stem of [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] uti (to use)

Pronunciation

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Rhymes: -uːz
Homophones: ewes, yews, yous, youse

Verb

Infinitive
to use

Third person singular
us

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to use (third-person singular simple present us, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To employ; to apply; to utilize.
    Use this knife to slice the bread.
    We can use this mathematical formula to solve the problem.
  2. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To exhaust the supply of; to consume by employing
    We should use up most of the fuel.
  3. (transitive) To exploit.
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References

use” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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