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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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}]

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