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  • Definition of use

    • (n): exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one''s own advantage; "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous"  
    • (n): a pattern of behavior acquired through frequent repetition; "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use had hardened him to it"  
    • (n): the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers"  
    • (n): what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"  
    • (n): a particular service; "he put his knowledge to good use"; "patrons have their uses"  
    • (n): (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property; "we were given the use of his boat"  
    • (n): (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing; "the consumption of energy has increased steadily"  
    • (v): use up, consume fully; "The legislature expended its time on school questions"  
    • (v): put into service; make work or employ (something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can''t make use of this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied  
    • (v): take or consume (regularly or habitually); "She uses drugs rarely"  
    • (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"  
    • (v): avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"  
    • (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"  

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