use - definition and synonyms


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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.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a way of using something
    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 crash.

  5. 5
    [countable] a meaning of a word, or a way of speaking or writing a word

    This use is common among young people.