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using Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun an act that exploits or victimizes someone (treats them unfairly)
    exploitation; victimisation; victimization.
    • capitalistic exploitation of the working class
    • paying Blacks less and charging them more is a form of victimization
  2. verb put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
    employ; apply; use; utilize; utilise.
    • use your head!
    • we only use Spanish at home
    • I can't use this tool
    • Apply a magnetic field here
    • This thinking was applied to many projects
    • How do you utilize this tool?
    • I apply this rule to get good results
    • use the plastic bags to store the food
    • He doesn't know how to use a computer
  3. verb take or consume (regularly or habitually)
    habituate; use.
    • She uses drugs rarely
  4. verb use up, consume fully
    use; expend.
    • The legislature expended its time on school questions
  5. verb seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage
    • She uses her influential friends to get jobs
    • The president's wife used her good connections
  6. verb avail oneself to
    apply; use; practice.
    • apply a principle
    • practice a religion
    • use care when going down the stairs
    • use your common sense
    • practice non-violent resistance
  7. verb habitually do something (use only in the past tense)
    • She used to call her mother every week but now she calls only occasionally
    • I used to get sick when I ate in that dining hall
    • They used to vacation in the Bahamas

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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