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English definition of “use”

use

verb [T] (REDUCE)        /juːz/ (used, used)
B1 to reduce the amount of or finish something, by eating it, burning it, writing on it, or by a chemical reaction : We've used (up) nearly all of the bread - will you buy some more? Does she still use drugs ? Don't worry if you use the polish up (= finish it) - I'm going shopping tomorrow . → Compare consumeUsing and misusing
(Definition of use verb (REDUCE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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