Use v. t. [imp. & p. p. Used p. pr. & vb. n. Using.]
1. To make use of; to convert to one's service; to avail one's self of; to employ; to put a purpose; as, to use a plow; to use a chair; to use time; to use flour for food; to use water for irrigation.
Launcelot Gobbo, use your legs. --Shak.
Some other means I have which may be used. --Milton.
2. To behave toward; to act with regard to; to treat; as, to use a beast cruelly. “I will use him well.”
How wouldst thou use me now? --Milton.
Cato has used me ill. --Addison.
3. To practice customarily; to make a practice of; as, to use diligence in business.
Use hospitality one to another. --1 Pet. iv. 9.
4. To accustom; to habituate; to render familiar by practice; to inure; -- employed chiefly in the passive participle; as, men used to cold and hunger; soldiers used to hardships and danger.
I am so used in the fire to blow. --Chaucer.
Thou with thy compeers,
Used to the yoke, draw'st his triumphant wheels. --Milton.
To use one's self, to behave. [Obs.] “Pray, forgive me, if I have used myself unmannerly.” --Shak.
To use up. (a) To consume or exhaust by using; to leave nothing of; as, to use up the supplies. (b) To exhaust; to tire out; to leave no capacity of force or use in; to overthrow; as, he was used up by fatigue. [Colloq.]
Syn: -- Employ.
Usage: -- Use, Employ. We use a thing, or make use of it, when we derive from it some enjoyment or service. We employ it when we turn that service into a particular channel. We use words to express our general meaning; we employ certain technical terms in reference to a given subject. To make use of, implies passivity in the thing; as, to make use of a pen; and hence there is often a material difference between the two words when applied to persons. To speak of “making use of another” generally implies a degrading idea, as if we had used him as a tool; while employ has no such sense. A confidential friend is employed to negotiate; an inferior agent is made use of on an intrigue.
I would, my son, that thou wouldst use the power
Which thy discretion gives thee, to control
And manage all. --Cowper.
To study nature will thy time employ:
Knowledge and innocence are perfect joy. --Dryden.
adj 1: employed in accomplishing something; "the principle of
surprise is the most used and misused of all the
principles of war"- H.H.Arnold & I.C.Eaker [ant: misused]
2: of persons; taken advantage of; "after going out of his way
to help his friend get the job he felt not appreciated but
used" [syn: exploited, ill-used, put-upon, victimized,
3: previously used or owned by another; "bought a secondhand
(or used) car" [syn: secondhand]