From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishuseuse1 /juːz/ ●●● S1 W1 verb 1 USE somethinguse something [transitive] if you use a particular tool, method, service, ability etc, you do something with that tool, by means of that method etc, for a particular purpose Can I use your phone? I’ll show you which room you can use. I always use the same shampoo. Use your imagination when planning meals. She booked the flight using a false name.easy/difficult/simple etc to use Drop-down menus make the program very easy to use.use something for (doing) something They were using animals for scientific experiments. Bob uses the van for picking up groceries.use something as something My parents use the house as a holiday home.use something to do something Most people now use their cars to go shopping.use force (=use violent methods)2 amount of something [transitive]USE/CONSUME to take an amount of something from a supply of food, gas, money etc We use about £40 worth of electricity a month. Standard washing machines use about 40 gallons of water.3 treat somebody unfairly [transitive]USE A PERSON to make someone do something for you in order to get something you want Can’t you see that Howard is just using you? Gerald had been using her for his own ends.4 an advantage [transitive]USE something to take advantage of a situationuse something to do something She used her position as manager to get jobs for her friends.5 → could use something6 word [transitive]SL to say or write a particular word or phrase We use the word ‘hardware’ to describe the actual machine. Don’t use bad language.7 drugs [intransitive, transitive]MDDADDICTED to regularly take illegal drugs → used toTHESAURUSuse to use something for a particular purposeDo you mind if I use your phone?They rebuilt the church using local stone.We use a range of different methods.make use of something to use something that is available to youStaff can make use of a wide range of facilities.She made full use of her contacts within the organization.employ formal to use a particular method or skill in order to achieve somethingThe surgeons employed a new technique.They employed every means at their disposal (=every available method). utilize formal to use something that is available to you, for a practical purposeThe company has developed a new way to utilize solar energy.a better way of utilizing the spaceexploit to use something as fully and effectively as possible, or to use something that will give you an advantage over your opponentThe country’s natural resources have not yet been fully exploited.He was quick to exploit any weakness in his opponent’s argument.apply to use something such as a method, idea, or system in a particular situationNew technology is being applied to almost every industrial process.I wanted to apply the things that I had learned on the course.draw on something to use information, knowledge, or experience that you have learned in the pastHe was able to draw on his own experience as a diplomat when he was writing the book.Journalists draw on information from many different sources.resort to something to use violence, force, threats etc as a way of achieving somethingExtremists on both sides resort to violence. We are prepared to resort to force if necessary.to use your power or your rightsexercise formal to use your rights, authority, influence etcOnly 40% of the population exercised their right to vote.Congress must decide whether to exercise its veto.wield /wiːld/ formal to use great power or influenceThe central banks wield enormous power. → use something ↔ up→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpususe• First, the wrong caulking had been used.• Are we allowed to use a dictionary in the test?• She lets herself be used and then dropped by almost every man she meets.• I try not to use bad language around the kids.• Morgan stopped using drugs and alcohol six years ago when he entered a long-term treatment program.• She first started using drugs when she was thirteen.• Planning is essential to make sure that resources are used effectively.• Carla often doesn't use good judgment in selecting boyfriends.• Martens uses her stage name when she travels.• Most scholars would agree that Mark came first and the other two used him in writing their accounts.• In his political life, he was not above using his families for his own ends.• Charles was able to use his family connection for his own personal advancement.• We shall use his perceived activities as an excuse for not growing up.• The drug smugglers used innocent travellers to carry the drugs through customs.• Every other machine in Harley's range uses its trusted formula of a 45 V-twin in a steel backbone frame.• This can be on-line or off-line recognition of hand-printed characters, or of machine-printed characters using optical character recognition.• A spectrograph uses optical elements called gratings or prisms to separate the light gathered by a telescope into its component colors.• The average Westerner uses over 260 lbs of paper every year.• Right-wing activists used people's fears of unemployment as a way of stirring up extremism.• Researchers often use questionnaires in their work.• Silly me, I have begun to conjure up an image of Newt Gingrich as a man more used than using.• Now that we have a car we very rarely use the buses.• The experts were asked to use the four-point system commonly used in schools.• How often do you use the library?• Can't you see Tad's just using you?• I can't tell you what to do - you must use your own discretion.• Can I use your pen?• Do you mind if I use your phone?use force• The police have recently had to defend their policy of using force against rioters.• The regime was quite willing to use force and terror against its enemies.• Despite Boss's success, Keith used the Quaker decision to use force as a new argument against the majority.• He was quite prepared to use force if that was necessary.• Gallagher had promised to use force if the students closed down the campus, but now he wavered.• This has the apparently anomalous result that both the policeman and the defendant are using force lawfully.• Crackdown on problem children Social workers have been given new powers to use force to control troublesome youngsters in care.• The law permits every citizen to use reasonable force to defend themselves or their property.• He remains prepared to use force to do that.• Truman did not threaten to use force to impose his views.• He knew from their previous struggle he would have to use force to subdue her.use ... language• Prince Charles yesterday parodied Hamlet to illustrate how literature could be destroyed by bad use of language.• She could understand the books quite well, she considered, but the papers seemed to use a different language.• The loss of Lardie Moonlight Tribal people are sometimes thought to use primitive languages.• Decide from the very beginning that your aim is to use the target language as much as possible in the sessions.• Hilton's use of language in Scale 2 is more creative than in Scale 1.• Even officers used the language of the gutter.• I used the language of the speculator.• We use language to talk about the meanings of linguistic expressions as well as about things that are not meanings.