|Origin:||us, from Latin usus; USE1|
Related topics: Linguistics
use2 S3 W2
1 [singular, uncountable]
the action or fact of using something:
an exit for use in emergencies
the increasing use of computers in education
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.
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.
to use something such as knowledge or skills for a particular purpose:
a job where her management skills can be put to good use
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.
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.
used to tell someone not to do something because it will have no effect:
It's no use complaining.
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.
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?
a machine, place etc that is in use is being used:
Electric vehicles built in 1920 were still in use in the 1950s.
provided for a particular person or group of people to use:
a bar for the use of the guests
to be useful:
He was charged with having information likely to be of use to terrorists.
13 also bring something into use
to start being used, or to start using something:
Computers first came into use in the early 1950s.
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.
to have no respect for someone or something:
She has no use for people who are always complaining.
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.
one of the meanings of a word, or the way that a particular word is used