Meaning of “use sth up” in the English Dictionary

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"use sth up" in British English

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use sth up

phrasal verb with use uk /juːz/ us /juːz/ verb

B2 to finish a supply of something:

Don't use up all the milk - we need some for breakfast.
The earth's resources are being used up at an alarming rate.

More examples

  • You could have told me that you'd used up all the toothpaste!
  • We haven't got any sugar, I used up the last of it when I made a cake.
  • Chris can't take any more time off now, he's used up all his leave.
  • Andy's just had a bath and used up all the hot water.
  • Making a curry is a good way of using up any leftover turkey.

(Definition of “use sth up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)