• The act of using.
  • The act of consuming alcohol or narcotics.
  • Usefulness, benefit.
  • A function; a purpose for which something may be employed.
  • Occasion or need to employ; necessity.
  • Interest for lent money; premium paid for the use of something; usury.
  • Continued or repeated practice; usage; habit.
  • Common occurrence; ordinary experience.
  • The special form of ritual adopted for use in any diocese.
  • A slab of iron welded to the side of a forging, such as a shaft, near the end, and afterward drawn down, by hammering, so as to lengthen the forging.



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  • Noun from Middle English use, from Old French us, from Latin ūsus, from past participle stem of ūtor. Displaced native Middle English note (See note) from Old English notu, and Middle English nutte from Old English nytt.
  • Verb from Middle English usen, from Old French user, from Vulgar Latin *usare, frequentative form of past participle stem of Latin uti. Displaced native Middle English noten, nutten (from Old English notian, nēotan, nyttian) and Middle English brouken, bruken (from Old English brūcan).

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