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English definition of “usage”

usage

noun uk   /ˈjuː.sɪdʒ/ us  

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.Linguistic terms and linguistic style C1 [U] the way something is treated or used: Sports equipment is designed to withstand hard usage.Using and misusing

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.Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
(Definition of usage from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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