Synonyms of use
1 employDictionary • Officials used loud-hailers to call for calm.
employ • the approaches and methods we employed in this study
utilize • Sound engineers utilize a range of techniques.
make use of
work • I learnt how to work the forklift.
apply • The government appears to be applying the same principle.
operate • The men were trapped as they operated a tunnelling machine.
exercise • They are merely exercising their right to free speech.
exert • He exerted all his considerable charm to get her to agree.
wield • He remains chairman, but wields little power in the company.
ply • With startling efficiency, the chef plied his knives.
put to use
bring into play
find a use for
avail yourself of
turn to account
call into play
2 consumeDictionary • You used all the ice cubes and didn't put the ice trays back. sometimes with up
consume • Some of the most efficient refrigerators consume 70 percent less electricity than traditional models.
exhaust • We have exhausted almost all our food supplies.
spend • My stepson was spending money like it grew on trees.
waste • a cruel disease which wastes the muscles
deplete • substances that deplete the ozone layer
squander • He had squandered his chances to win.
dissipate • Her father had dissipated her inheritance.
expend • the number of calories you expend through exercise
3 take advantage ofDictionary • Be careful she's not just using you.
take advantage of
exploit • Casual workers are being exploited for slave wages.
manipulate • The technology uses a pen to manipulate a computer.
abuse • He showed how the rich and powerful can abuse their position.
milk • A few people tried to milk the insurance companies.
misuse • His parents should not have misused him.
make use of
cash in on (informal)
walk all over (informal)
take liberties with
1 usageDictionary • research related to microcomputers and their use in classrooms
usage • Parts of the motor wore out because of constant usage.
employment • the widespread employment of `smart' bombs in this war
application • With repeated application of the product, the weeds were overcome.
2 serviceDictionary • Holes had developed, the result of many years of use.
handling • The family has criticized the military's handling of the affair.
wear and tear
treatment • She was shocked at his treatment of her.
practice • attempts to encourage the practice of safe sex
exercise • Leadership does not rest on the exercise of force alone.
3 purposeDictionary • You will no longer have a use for the car.
purpose • The purpose of the occasion was to raise money for charity.
call • There was no call for him to talk to you like he did.
need • There's no need to call the police.
end • another policy designed to achieve the same end
point • What's the point of all these questions?
cause • His comments have done nothing to help the cause of peace.
reason • There is a reason for every important thing that happens.
occasion • You had no occasion to speak to him like that.
object • The object of the exercise is to raise money for charity.
4 goodDictionary • There's no use you asking me any more questions about that.
good • I'm only doing all this for your own good.
service • We were delighted to be of service.
value • Studies are needed to see if these therapies have any value.
benefit • I'm a great believer in the benefits of this form of therapy.
profit • They saw little profit in risking their lives to capture the militants.
worth • The client has little means of judging the worth of the advice he is given.
advantage • A good crowd will be a definite advantage to the team.
utility • He inwardly questioned the utility of his work.
avail • His efforts were to no avail.
usefulness • His interest lay in the usefulness of his work.
custom • It was his custom to approach every problem cautiously.
way • You'll have to get used to my mother's odd little ways.
practice • a public inquiry into bank practices
habit • It had become a habit with her to annoy him.
usage • a fruitful convergence with past usage and custom
wont • Keith woke early, as was his wont.
PHRASAL VERB:▷ use something up
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abuseIf you abuse something, you use it in a wrong way or for a bad purpose.
• He showed how the rich and powerful can abuse their position.
advantageAn advantage is something that puts you in a better position than other people.
• A good crowd will be a definite advantage to the team.
ace in the hole,
ace up your sleeve,
ace in the hole,
ace up your sleeve,
applicationThe application of something to a surface is the act or process of putting it on or rubbing it into the surface.
• With repeated application of the product, the weeds were overcome.
Thesaurus for use from the Collins English Thesaurus
to put into service or action; employ for a given purpose
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