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noun use pronunciation in American English /jus/
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  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] the act of using something
    use of: the use of resources/technology/computers
    Farmers are reducing the use of pesticides on food crops.
    Their unnecessary use of force has endangered peace efforts.
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a way of using something
    These rollers have a variety of manufacturing uses.
    use of: This is not the best use of your talents.
    use for: I kept hoping to find a use for it.
  3. 3
    [uncountable] the right, an opportunity, or permission to use something
    have the use of something: We can have the use of the hall every Thursday.
    for the use of someone (=only for them to use): The pool was built for the exclusive use of residents.
  4. 4
    [uncountable] the ability to use a part of your body or mind
    lose the use of something: He lost the use of his legs in a car accident.
  5. 5
    [countable] a meaning of a word, or a way of speaking or writing a word
    This use is now fairly common among young people.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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