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To use something, or to be used - thesaurus

Synonyms

repurpose

verb

to reuse something for a different purpose from the one that was originally intended

go towards

to be used to help to pay for something

bring in

to use the skills of a particular group or person

fall back on

to use or do something else after other things have failed

draw on

to use something that you have gradually gained or saved

pour into

to give a lot of effort, money, or help to someone or something

base on

to use particular ideas or facts to make a decision, do a calculation, or develop a theory

adopt

verb

to start using a particular way of speaking, thinking, or behaving that is not the one you usually use

use

verb

to get a benefit for yourself from something that is available to you

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apply

verb

to use a particular method, process, law etc

apply

verb

to use a particular name or word for someone or something

apply

verb

formal to use physical force in order to make something happen or work

avail

verb

Indian English to obtain or use something

avail yourself of something

if you avail yourself of something, you use it

borrow

verb

to receive and use something that belongs to someone else, and promise to give it back to them later

borrow

verb

to use an idea, method, phrase etc that was first used by another person or in another place or situation

bring back

to start using or doing things that were used or done in the past

call on

to decide to use something that someone can offer you

channel

verb

to use money or supplies for a particular purpose

channel

verb

to use your energy, ability, feelings, or ideas for a particular purpose

christen

verb

informal to use something for the first time

come into use

to start being used by people

commit

verb

to say that you will use available things or people for a particular purpose

consume

verb

to use a supply of something such as time, energy, or fuel

co-opt

verb

mainly American to take someone’s idea or plan and use it as if it were your own

dedicate to

to spend your time and effort doing something

dedicate to

to use space, time, or money for a particular thing

deploy

verb

formal to use something

devote to

to spend a lot of time or effort doing something

devote to

to use something such as money for a particular purpose

devote to

to use a particular amount of time or space for dealing with something

disinter

verb

formal to start using something that has not been used or seen for a long time

divert

verb

to use something for a purpose that is different from its original or main purpose

do the job

if something does the job, you can use it for something, even if it was not designed for this

dust off

to get something ready to use that you have not used for a long time

earmark

verb

to decide to use something, especially money, for a particular purpose

employ

verb

formal to use something for a particular purpose

exercise

verb

to use a skill or personal quality, especially in order to avoid problems

exercise

verb

formal to use your power or rights

exert

verb

formal to use influence, authority, or power in order to affect or achieve something

expend

verb

formal to use time, energy, money etc doing something

exploit

verb

to use natural resources such as trees, water, or oil so that you gain as much as possible

feed off

to use something in order to continue to exist or become stronger

give over to

formal to use something for a particular purpose

go

verb

to be spent

go into

to be used or spent in order to do something

harness

verb

to get control of something in order to use it for a particular purpose

import

verb

to introduce and use words, ideas etc from other countries or cultures

invest in

to use something such as time or effort for a particular purpose

lift

verb

if you lift someone else’s words or ideas, you use them and pretend that they are yours

make free with something

to use something that does not belong to you as though it does belong to you

make use of

to use someone or something for a particular purpose, especially one that brings a benefit to you

manipulate

verb

to skilfully handle, control, or use something

mobilise

a British spelling of mobilize

mobilize

verb

to start to use all the money, support etc that is available in order to achieve something

parlay

verb

mainly American to use something that you have in order to get something much better or much more valuable

phase in

to gradually start using something

play with

if you play with words or ideas, you use them in a clever and funny way

press someone/something into service

to use an object for a purpose that it was not intended for

put something to good use

to use something that you have for a sensible purpose that brings a benefit to you

reallocate

verb

to decide officially that something will be used for a different purpose

recycle

verb

to use something again, often for a different purpose

redirect

verb

to use money or effort for a different purpose

reuse

verb

to use something again, sometimes for a different purpose

scrape the bottom of the barrel

to use or do something that you know is not very good, because you do not have anything better

serve

verb

to be used for a particular purpose, especially not the main or original purpose

spend

verb

to use your time, effort, or energy to do something

take

verb

to use a product regularly

take advantage of something

to use a situation or opportunity to get what you want

tap

verb

if you tap something such as someone’s ability or a supply of information, you use it or get some benefit from it

touch

verb

to use something

translate

verb

if an idea or method translates, or if you translate it to a different situation, it is used in a different situation

transpose

verb

to use an idea or method in a different situation from the one it was originally developed in

use

verb

to take an amount from a supply of something in order to do a job or to achieve a result

utilise

a British spelling of utilize

utilize

verb

formal to use something

wield

verb

to hold a weapon or tool and use it

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