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Main Entry: 1use
Pronunciation: 'yüs
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English us, from Anglo-French, from Latin usus, from uti to use
Date: 13th century
1 a : the act or practice of employing something : EMPLOYMENT, APPLICATION <he made good use of his spare time> b : the fact or state of being used <a dish in daily use> c : a method or manner of employing or applying something <gained practice in the use of the camera>
2 a (1) : habitual or customary usage (2) : an individual habit or group custom b : a liturgical form or observance; especially : a liturgy having modifications peculiar to a local church or religious order
3 a : the privilege or benefit of using something <gave him the use of her car> b : the ability or power to use something (as a limb or faculty) c : the legal enjoyment of property that consists in its employment, occupation, exercise, or practice <she had the use of the estate for life>
4 a : a particular service or end <put learning to practical use> b : the quality of being suitable for employment <saving things that might be of use> c : GOOD 2b <it's no use arguing> d : the occasion or need to employ <took only what they had use for>
5 a : the benefit in law of one or more persons; specifically : the benefit or profit of property established in one other than the legal possessor b : a legal arrangement by which such benefits and profits are so established
6 : a favorable attitude : LIKING <had no use for modern art>