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")

Antonyms of adj used

3 senses of used

Sense 1
used (vs. misused) -- (employed in accomplishing something; "the principle of surprise is the most used and misused of all the principles of war"- H.H.Arnold & I.C.Eaker)

misused (vs. used) -- (used incorrectly or carelessly or for an improper purpose; "misused words are often laughable but one weeps for misused talents")
        => abused -- (used improperly or excessively especially drugs; "an abused substance")
        => exploited, ill-used, put-upon, used, victimized, victimised -- (of persons; taken advantage of; "after going out of his way to help his friend get the job he felt not appreciated but used")

Sense 2
exploited, ill-used, put-upon, used, victimized, victimised -- (of persons; taken advantage of; "after going out of his way to help his friend get the job he felt not appreciated but used")

INDIRECT (VIA misused) -> used -- (employed in accomplishing something; "the principle of surprise is the most used and misused of all the principles of war"- H.H.Arnold & I.C.Eaker)

Sense 3
secondhand, used -- (previously used or owned by another; "bought a secondhand (or used) car")

INDIRECT (VIA old) -> new -- (not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered; "a new law"; "new cars"; "a new comet"; "a new friend"; "a new year"; "the New World")

Similarity of adj used

3 senses of used

Sense 1
used (vs. misused) -- (employed in accomplishing something; "the principle of surprise is the most used and misused of all the principles of war"- H.H.Arnold & I.C.Eaker)
       => in use -- (currently being used; "robots are in use throughout industry")
       => utilized, utilised -- (put to use)

Sense 2
exploited, ill-used, put-upon, used, victimized, victimised -- (of persons; taken advantage of; "after going out of his way to help his friend get the job he felt not appreciated but used")
       => misused (vs. used) -- (used incorrectly or carelessly or for an improper purpose; "misused words are often laughable but one weeps for misused talents")

Sense 3
secondhand, used -- (previously used or owned by another; "bought a secondhand (or used) car")
       => old (vs. new) -- (of long duration; not new; "old tradition"; "old house"; "old wine"; "old country"; "old friendships"; "old money")

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