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Used

Use \Use\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Used; p. pr. & vb. n. Using.] [OE. usen, F. user to use, use up, wear out, LL. usare to use, from L. uti, p. p. usus, to use, OL. oeti, oesus; of uncertain origin. Cf. Utility.]

  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.''
    --Shak.

    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.

    1. To consume or exhaust by using; to leave nothing of; as, to use up the supplies.

    2. 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.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

used

I.adjective
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a used/second-hand car (=one that is not new)
▪ The company locates suitable new and used cars for buyers.
used scare tactics
▪ Employers used scare tactics to force a return to work.
used to
▪ He used to go to our school.
used...as a punching bag
▪ a young wife whose husband used her as a punching bag
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
used tissues
▪ a used syringe
▪ He made his money buying and selling used cars.
▪ This huge Portland bookshop is crammed with more than 1 million new and used books organized into 122 subject areas.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ It sounds obvious, but some people are really not used to moving fast.
▪ Since I am used to doing the teasing, this is a novel experience.
▪ This is difficult as we are not used to doing it, preferring to keep these approaches in separate compartments.
II.adjective
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
car
▪ But it is not all bad news in the used car trade: one or two models are still making high prices.
▪ Joe is the arms trade's equivalent of a used car salesman.
▪ Now the tax on importing used cars has been slashed.
▪ Crackdown shows one third of used cars are not safe.
▪ In 1992, used car values have fallen to even lower levels.
WordNet

used

  1. adj. 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, victimised]

  3. previously used or owned by another; "bought a secondhand (or used) car" [syn: secondhand]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

used

"second-hand," 1590s, past participle adjective from use (v.). To be used to "accustomed, familiar" is recorded by late 14c. Verbal phrase used to "formerly did or was" (as in I used to love her) represents a construction attested from c.1300, and common from c.1400, from use (intransitive) "be accustomed, practice customarily," but now surviving only in past tense form. The pronunciation is affected by the t- of to. Used-to-be (n.) "one who has outlived his fame" is from 1853.

Wikipedia

Used

Used may refer to:

  • Used good, goods of any type that have been used before
  • Used, Huesca, a village in Huesca, Aragon, Spain
  • Used, Zaragoza, a town in Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
  • "Used" (song), a song by Rocket from the Crypt from their 1995 album Scream, Dracula, Scream!
  • The Used, a rock band from Orem, Utah
    • The Used (album), their 2002 debut album
Wiktionary

used

  1. That is or has or have been used. v

  2. 1 (en-past of: use) 2 (context intransitive as an auxiliary verb now only in past tense English) to perform habitually; to be accustomed [to doing something]

Usage examples of "used".

For if invocations, conjurations, fumigations and adorations are used, then an open pact is formed with the devil, even if there has been no surrender of body and soul together with explicit abjuration of the Faith either wholly or in part.

I used to feel so sorry for these Aboriginal people, I wondered how they could come to be so poor.

It was used in many of our potions, from the sleeping potions and pain-killers to the abortifacients and life-drainers.

But now he realized that it must be only an abortus being used in some experiment.

The wharf guards are so used to seeing me shuffle past, they would not notice if Abri turned tumbles under my coat.

With a young child and an abusive boyfriend, she had used up all the reserves of hope that she had stored up for emergencies and hard times.

In finding the abutment reactions some principle such as the principle of least action must be used, and some assumptions of doubtful validity made.

Grounders never got used to the fact that in orbit, you decelerated by firing your rockets to move into a higher, slower orbit, and accelerated by using your retros to drop into a lower, faster orbit.

Could that information be used by a person pretending to be somebody who has legitimate access to the corporate network?

Corporate structure information such as organization charts, hierarchy charts, employee or departmental lists, reporting structure, names, positions, internal contact numbers, employee numbers, or similar information that is used for internal processes should not be made available on publicly accessible Web sites.

The precipitate of ammonic-magnesic phosphate is filtered off, dissolved, and titrated with uranium acetate, using the same standard solution as is used in the arsenic assay: 0.

If the volumetric method is to be used, the lead sulphate should be dissolved out with a solution of sodium acetate instead of with the ammonium salt solution.

If acetic acid is used instead of nitric in the first instance this addition of water is unnecessary.

They think the sort of acetone that was used to kill Ralph Perrin is sold in photography stores.

Coherence was achieved because the men who created the system all used the same, ever-growing body of textbooks, and they were all familiar with similar routines of lectures, debates and academic exercises and shared a belief that Christianity was capable of a systematic and authoritative presentation.