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use

verb [T]
 
 
/juːz/ ( past tense and past participle used)
PURPOSE 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.Using and misusing
MAKE LESS B1 to take an amount from a supply of something: A shower uses less water than a bath.Using and misusing
PERSON to treat someone badly in order to get what you want: He was just using me to make his girlfriend jealous.Using and misusingTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
WORD to say or write a particular word or phrase: 'Autumn' is used in British English and 'fall' in American English.Writing and typingSaying and utteringSaying again
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.Using and misusing
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