use noun Meaning in the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary
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Meaning of “use” - Learner’s Dictionary

use

noun
 
 
/juːs/
USING [U] A2 the act of using something, or of being used: an increase in the use of mobile phones Guests have free use of the hotel swimming pool. Turn the machine off when it's not in use (= being used).Using and misusing
PURPOSE [C] B1 a purpose for which something is used: A food processor has a variety of uses in the kitchen. Can you find a use for this box?Using and misusingGoals and purposes
be (of) any/some use B2 to be useful: Is this book of any use to you?Using and misusing
be (of) no use B2 to not be useful: His advice was no use at all.Using and misusing
be no use; be no use doing sth B2 used to say that trying to do something has no effect: It was no use talking to him - he wouldn't listen. It's no use! I just can't get this lid off.Useless and futile
WORD [C] B1 one of the meanings of a word, or the way that a particular word is used: Can you list all the uses of the verb 'go'?Terminology and vocabulary
the use of sth permission to use something, or the ability to use something: Martin has offered me the use of his car. She lost the use of both legs in the accident.Using and misusing
make use of sth to use something that is available: We were encouraged to make use of all the facilities.Using and misusing
(Definition of use noun from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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