Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun use

7 senses of use

Sense 1
use, usage, utilization, utilisation, employment, exercise -- (the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers")
       => activity -- (any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity")

Sense 2
function, purpose, role, use -- (what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?")
       => utility, usefulness -- (the quality of being of practical use)

Sense 3
use -- (a particular service; "he put his knowledge to good use"; "patrons have their uses")
       => utility, usefulness -- (the quality of being of practical use)

Sense 4
consumption, economic consumption, usance, use, use of goods and services -- ((economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing; "the consumption of energy has increased steadily")
       => demand -- (the ability and desire to purchase goods and services; "the automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips"; "the demand exceeded the supply")

Sense 5
habit, use -- ((psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition; "owls have nocturnal habits"; "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use had hardened him to it")
       => custom, usage, usance -- (accepted or habitual practice)

Sense 6
manipulation, use -- (exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage; "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous")
       => influence -- (causing something without any direct or apparent effort)

Sense 7
use, enjoyment -- ((law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property; "we were given the use of his boat")
       => legal right -- (a right based in law)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb use

6 senses of use

Sense 1
use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ -- (put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer")

Sense 2
use, habituate -- (take or consume (regularly or habitually); "She uses drugs rarely")
       => consume, ingest, take in, take, have -- (serve oneself to, or consume regularly; "Have another bowl of chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee")

Sense 3
use, expend -- (use up, consume fully; "The legislature expended its time on school questions")
          Phrasal Verb-> use up#1

Sense 4
use -- (seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage; "She uses her influential friends to get jobs"; "The president's wife used her good connections")
       => exploit, work -- (use or manipulate to one's advantage; "He exploit the new taxation system"; "She knows how to work the system"; "he works his parents for sympathy")

Sense 5
practice, apply, use -- (avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance")

Sense 6
use -- (habitually do something (use only in the past tense); "She used to call her mother every week but now she calls only occasionally"; "I used to get sick when I ate in that dining hall"; "They used to vacation in the Bahamas")
       => act, move -- (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel")

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