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English definition of “use”


verb [T] (WORD)        /juːz/ (used, used)
B2 to say or write a particular word or phrase: " Autumn " is used in British English and " fall " in American English . That's an expression she often uses to describe how she feels .
(Definition of use verb (WORD) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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