Noun from Middle English use, from Old French us, from Latin ūsus (“use, custom, skill, habit”), from past participle stem of ūtor (“use”). Displaced native Middle English note (“use”) (See note) from Old English notu, and Middle English nutte (“use”) from Old English nytt.
Verb from Middle English usen, from Old French user (“use, employ, practice”), from Vulgar Latin *usare (“use”), frequentative form of past participle stem of Latin uti (“to use”). Displaced native Middle English noten, nutten (“to use”) (from Old English notian, nēotan, nyttian) and Middle English brouken, bruken (“to use, enjoy”) (from Old English brūcan).
use (countable and uncountable, plural uses)
- The act of using.
- (uncountable) The act of consuming alcohol or narcotics.
- (uncountable, followed by "of") Usefulness, benefit.
- A function; a purpose for which something may be employed.
- Occasion or need to employ; necessity.
- (obsolete, rare) Interest for lent money; premium paid for the use of something; usury.
- (archaic) Continued or repeated practice; usage; habit.
- (obsolete) Common occurrence; ordinary experience.
- (religion) The special form of ritual adopted for use in any diocese.
- (forging) A slab of iron welded to the side of a forging, such as a shaft, near the end, and afterward drawn down, by hammering, so as to lengthen the forging.
use (third-person singular simple present uses, present participle using, simple past and past participle used)
- To utilize or employ.
- (transitive) To employ; to apply; to utilize.
- (transitive, often with up) To expend; to consume by employing.
- (transitive) To exploit.
- (transitive) To consume (alcohol, drugs, etc), especially regularly.
- (intransitive) To consume a previously specified substance, especially a drug to which one is addicted.
- (transitive, with auxiliary "could") To benefit from; to be able to employ or stand.
- To accustom; to habituate. (Now common only in participial form. Note: This usage uses the nounal pronunciation of the word rather than the typically verbal one.)
- (reflexive, obsolete, with "to") To become accustomed, to accustom oneself.
- (intransitive, now rare, literary) To habitually do; to be wont to do.
- (intransitive, now rare, literary) To habitually employ; to be wont to employ.
- (intransitive, past tense with infinitive) To habitually do. See used to.
- (dated) To behave toward; to act with regard to; to treat.
- (reflexive, obsolete) To behave, act, comport oneself.