Meaning of “use” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ T ] uk us /juːz/ (past tense and past participle used)

A1 If you use something, you do something with it for a particular purpose:

Can I use your pen?
I paid for the tickets using my credit card.
She uses her car for work.
[ + to do sth ] Nick used the money to buy a new computer.

B1 to take an amount from a supply of something:

A shower uses less water than a bath.

to treat someone badly in order to get what you want:

He was just using me to make his girlfriend jealous.

to say or write a particular word or phrase:

'Autumn' is used in British English and 'fall' in American English.
could use sth mainly US informal

something that you say when you want or need something:

I could use some help with these packages, please.

(Definition of “use verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)