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use pronunciación
verb (used , using )
1 to put to a particular purpose.
2 to consume; to take something as fuel.
3 to treat someone as a means to benefit oneself; to exploit them.
4 colloq to take (eg drugs or alcohol) regularly.
5 old use to behave (well or badly) towards someone.
noun
1 the act of using.
2 the state of being (able to be) used go out of use not in use .
3 a practical purpose a thing can be put to.
4 the quality of serving a practical purpose It's no use complaining Is this spanner any use?
5 the ability or power to use something (eg a limb) lost the use of her leg after the accident .
6 the length of time a thing is, will be or has remained serviceable should give you plenty of use .
7 the habit of using; custom.
[13c: from French user , from Latin usus , from uti to use]
have no use for something or someone
1 to have no need of it or them.
2 colloq to dislike or despise it or them.
make use of someone to exploit them.
make use of something to put it to a practical purpose.
used to something or someone or to doing or being something accustomed to it or them, or to doing or being it She's not used to working so fast used to being in charge of two hundred people The puppies haven't got used to us yet . See also separate entry used to.
used up colloq tired or exhausted.
use something up
1 to exhaust supplies, etc.
2 to finish off an amount left over.


used pronunciación
adjective not new; second-hand a used car .


used to
auxiliary verb used with other verbs to express habitual actions or states that took place in the past They used to be friends, but they aren't any more He didn't use to be as grumpy as he is now.

used to There is often uncertainty about the correct negative form of used to. The following are all acceptable (note that when an auxiliary verb is used, it is did, not had): ? He used not to do it. ? He usedn't to do it. ? He didn't use to do it. The following are usually considered incorrect: ? He usen't to do it. ? He didn't used to do it .



useful pronunciación
adjective
1 able to be used advantageously; serving a helpful purpose; able to be put to various purposes.
2 colloq skilled or proficient Owen put in a useful performance for Liverpool .
[16c]
usefully adverb .
usefulness noun .
come in useful to prove to be useful.


useless pronunciación
adjective
1 serving no practical purpose.
2 (often useless at something) colloq not at all proficient I've always been useless at maths .
[16c]
uselessly adverb .
uselessness noun .


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