To make use of
avail oneself of, employ, put to use, exercise, exert, put forth, utilize, apply, bring to bear, practice, play on, do with, draw on, adopt, take advantage of, turn to account, make do, accept, work, put in practice, relate, make with, put to work, make shift with.
To make a practice of; now only in the past tense with an infinitive
be accustomed to, practice, do.
To behave toward
use implies the putting of a thing (or, usually in an opprobrious sense, a person regarded as a passive thing) into action or service so as to accomplish an end to use a pencil, a suggestion, etc.; he used his brother to advance himself; employ, a somewhat more elevated term, implies the putting to useful work of something not in use at that moment to employ a vacant lot as a playground and, with reference to persons, suggests a providing of work and pay she employs five accountants; utilize implies the putting of something to a practical or profitable use to utilize chemical byproducts
The act of using
practice, employment, application, usage, appliance, effecting, adoption, utilization, manipulation, bringing to bear, management, handling, performance, conduct, recourse, resort, exercise, treatment, method, technique, control, resolution, realization, association.
The state of being useful
utility, usefulness, usability, employment, application, value, worth, advantage, excellence, helpfulness, convenience, suitability, expedience, aid, serviceability, merit, profit, practicability, practicality, stead, fitness, subservience, effectiveness, applicability.
To put into action or use:actuate, apply, employ, exercise, exploit, implement, practice, utilize. Idioms: avail oneself of, bring into play, bring to bear, make use of, put into practice, put to use. See used
To control or direct the functioning of:manage, operate, run, work. See control
To take advantage of unfairly:abuse, exploit, impose, presume. See treat well
To use all of:consume, drain, draw down, eat up, exhaust, expend, finish, play out, run through, spend. (Informal) polish off. See increase
To lessen or weaken severely, as by removing something essential:deplete, drain, exhaust, impoverish, sap2. See give, increase, rich
The act of putting into play:application, employment, exercise, exertion, implementation, operation, play, usage, utilization. See used
The condition of being put to use:application, duty, employment, service, utilization. See used
A quantity consumed:consumption, usage. See give, used
The quality of being suitable or adaptable to an end:account, advantage, avail, benefit, profit, usefulness, utility. See used
A habitual way of behaving:consuetude, custom, habit, habitude, manner, practice, praxis, usage, usance, way, wont. See usual
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