usage definition, meaning - what is usage in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “usage”

See all translations

usage

noun uk   us   /ˈjuː.sɪdʒ/

usage noun (WORD)

C1 [C or U] the way a particular word in a language, or a language in general, is used: a guide to common English usage The earliest recorded usage of the word is in the twelfth century.C1 [U] the way something is treated or used: Sports equipment is designed to withstand hard usage.

usage noun (PERSON)

[U] formal the bad and unfair way someone treats you: Many had complained about the usage they'd received at his hands.
(Definition of usage from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of usage?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “usage” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

extra time

a period of time in a sports game in which play continues if neither team has won in the usual time allowed for the game

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Liz Walter,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More