1. use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ

usage: 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"

2. use, habituate, consume, ingest, take in, take, have

usage: take or consume (regularly or habitually); "She uses drugs rarely"

3. use, expend

usage: use up, consume fully; "The legislature expended its time on school questions"

4. use, exploit, work

usage: 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"

5. practice, apply, use

usage: avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"

6. use, act, move

usage: 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"


1. used (vs. misused), in use, utilized, utilised

usage: 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

2. exploited, ill-used, put-upon, used, victimized, victimised, misused (vs. used)

usage: of persons; taken advantage of; "after going out of his way to help his friend get the job he felt not appreciated but used"

3. secondhand, used, old (vs. new)

usage: previously used or owned by another; "bought a secondhand (or used) car"

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