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English definition of “use”

use

noun (PURPOSE)    /juːs/
B1 [C or U] a purpose for which something is used: A food processor has a variety of uses in the kitchen . Don't throw that cloth away, you'll find a use for it one day . No, I don't want to buy a boat - I have no use for one!Goals and purposes A2 [U] the act of using something, or a period of time when something is being used or can be used: You should be able to put your experience in electronics to (good) use in your new job . Don't touch the machine when it's in use. Sorry but the escalator is out of (US usually not in) use (= not operating ). There has been some increase in the use of casual labour over recent years . Traditional farming methods are going out of/coming into use (= used less and less/more and more) in many areas .Using and misusing make use of sth B2 to use something that is available : We might as well make use of the hotel's facilities .Using and misusing the use of sth C2 permission to use something, or the ability to use something: They said we could have the use of their flat at the coast whenever they weren't there. She hurt her arm in the fall and lost the use of her fingers temporarily .Using and misusing
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