Definition of use

Scrabble & Words with friends points


  • use is a valid Scrabble US word with a point value of 3
  • use is a valid Scrabble UK word with a point value of 3
  • use is a valid Words with friends word with a point value of 4

Definition of use


  • exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage (noun)

    Synonyms

    1. manipulation
  • use up, consume fully (verb)

    Synonyms

    1. expend
  • avail oneself to (verb)

    Examples

    1. use care when going down the stairs
    2. use your common sense

    Synonyms

    1. apply
    2. practice
  • (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing (noun)

    Synonyms

    1. consumption
    2. economic consumption
    3. usance
    4. use of goods and services
  • the act of using (noun)

    Examples

    1. he warned against the use of narcotic drugs

    Synonyms

    1. employment
    2. exercise
    3. usage
    4. utilisation
    5. utilization
  • take or consume (regularly or habitually) (verb)

    Examples

    1. She uses drugs rarely

    Synonyms

    1. habituate
  • what something is used for (noun)

    Examples

    1. ballet is beautiful but what use is it?

    Synonyms

    1. function
    2. purpose
    3. role
  • (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition (noun)

    Examples

    1. long use had hardened him to it

    Synonyms

    1. habit
  • (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property (noun)

    Examples

    1. we were given the use of his boat

    Synonyms

    1. enjoyment
  • put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose (verb)

    Examples

    1. use your head!
    2. we only use Spanish at home
    3. I can't use this tool
    4. use the plastic bags to store the food
    5. He doesn't know how to use a computer

    Synonyms

    1. apply
    2. employ
    3. utilise
    4. utilize
  • a particular service (noun)

    Examples

    1. he put his knowledge to good use
    2. patrons have their uses
  • habitually do something or be in a certan state or place (use only in the past tense) (verb)

    Examples

    1. She used to call her mother every week but now she calls only occasionally
    2. I used to get sick when I ate in that dining hall
    3. They used to vacation in the Bahamas
    4. she used to be his best friend and now they are enemies
  • seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage (verb)

    Examples

    1. She uses her influential friends to get jobs
    2. The president's wife used her good connections

See definition of use in Merriam Webster

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