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Topic: LINGUISTICS

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: us, from Latin usus; USE1

use

2 noun
     
use2 S3 W2
1 [singular, uncountable] the action or fact of using something:
an exit for use in emergencies
use of
the increasing use of computers in education
2 [countable] a purpose for which something can be used:
Robots have many different uses in modern industry.
have/find a use for something
The cupboard is full of things I can never find a use for.
3

make use of something

to use something that is available in order to achieve something or get an advantage for yourself:
We will make use of her vast experience.
There is an answering machine for you to make use of.
Try to make good use of your time.
4

put something to (good) use

to use something such as knowledge or skills for a particular purpose:
a job where her management skills can be put to good use
5

the use of something

the ability or right to use something:
Joe's given me the use of his office till he gets back.
He lost the use of both legs as a result of the accident.
6

be (of) no use (to somebody)

to be completely useless:
You needed blankets to keep warm because the heating was no use.
Take this - it's of no use to me any more.
7

it's no use doing something

spoken used to tell someone not to do something because it will have no effect:
It's no use complaining.
8

it's no use!

spoken used to say that you are going to stop doing something because you do not think it will be successful:
Oh, it's no use! I can't fix it.
9

what's the use (of something)

spoken used to say that something seems to be a waste of time:
What's the use of decorating the house if we are going to sell it?
10

be in use

a machine, place etc that is in use is being used:
Electric vehicles built in 1920 were still in use in the 1950s.
11

for the use of somebody

provided for a particular person or group of people to use:
a bar for the use of the guests
12

be of use (to somebody/something)

to be useful:
He was charged with having information likely to be of use to terrorists.
13

come into use

also bring something into use to start being used, or to start using something:
Computers first came into use in the early 1950s.
14

go/be out of use

a machine, place etc that goes out of use or is out of use is not being used:
Some 4,000 railway stations have gone out of use since the 1960s.
15

have no use for somebody/something

to have no respect for someone or something:
She has no use for people who are always complaining.
16

something/somebody has their uses

spoken used, often humorously, to say that something or someone can sometimes be useful, even though it may not seem that way:
Being stubborn can have its uses.
17 [countable]SL one of the meanings of a word, or the way that a particular word is used
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