1the action of using something or the state of being used for a purpose:hyper-modern trains are now in usetheatre owners were charging too much for the use of their venues
the ability or power to exercise or manipulate one’s mind or body:the horse lost the use of his hind legs
[count noun] a purpose for or way in which something can be used:the herb has various culinary uses
2the value or advantage of something:it was no use trying to persuade herwhat’s the use of crying?
Law, historical the benefit or profit of lands, especially lands that are in the possession of another who holds them solely for the beneficiary.
3the habitual consumption of a drug:burgling and dealing financed their heroin use
4the characteristic ritual and liturgy of a Christian Church or diocese.
1take, hold, or deploy (something) as a means of accomplishing or achieving something; employ:she used her key to open the front doorthe poem uses simple language
[with object and adverbial] treat (someone) in a particular way:use your troops well and they will not let you down
exploit (a person or situation) for one’s own advantage:I couldn’t help feeling that she was using me
apply (a name or title) to oneself:she still used her maiden name professionally
2take or consume (an amount) from a limited supply:we have used all the available funds
take (an illegal drug):they were using heroin daily [no object]:had she been using again?
3 /juːst/ [in past, with infinitive] (used to) describing an action or situation that was done repeatedly or existed for a period in the past:this road used to be a dirt trackI used to give him lifts home
4 /juːst/ (be/get used to) be or become familiar with (someone or something) through experience:she was used to getting what she wantedhe’s weird, but you just have to get used to him
5 (one could use) informal one would like or benefit from:I could use another cup of coffee
have its (or one's) uses
informal be useful in certain respects:I know you don’t like him, but he has his usesan army training has its uses
have no use for
informal dislike or be impatient with:look at the reception he gave her—Andrew has no use for Mrs Jones
make use of
use for a purpose:they made use of a variety of methods in their research
benefit from:they were educated enough to make use of further training
use and wont
formal established custom:the painter followed the religious use and wont of his time
use someone's name
cite someone as an authority or reference:you could use my name—if they know you work for me, they might open up
use something up
consume or expend the whole of something:the money was soon used up
(be used up) informal (of a person) be exhausted or emotionally drained:she was tired and used up