how to pronounce use


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use is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of use in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… one of them is in use right now and it's …”

meanings of use


  1. To expend; to consume by employing.
  2. To consume (alcohol, drugs, etc), especially regularly.
  3. To exploit.
  4. To accustom; to habituate. (Now common only in participial form. Uses the same pronunciation as the noun; see usage notes.).
  5. To become accustomed, to accustom oneself.
  6. To consume a previously specified substance, especially a drug to which one is addicted.
  7. To behave, act, comport oneself.
  8. To utilize or employ.
  9. To employ; to apply; to utilize.
  10. To habitually do; to be wont to do. (Now chiefly in past-tense forms; see used to.).
  11. To behave toward; to act with regard to; to treat.
  12. To benefit from; to be able to employ or stand.


  1. The act of consuming alcohol or narcotics.
  2. Common occurrence; ordinary experience.
  3. A slab of iron welded to the side of a forging, such as a shaft, near the end, and afterward drawn down, by hammering, so as to lengthen the forging.
  4. Occasion or need to employ; necessity.
  5. The act of using.
  6. Interest for lent money; premium paid for the use of something; usury.
  7. A function; a purpose for which something may be employed.
  8. The special form of ritual adopted for use in any diocese.
  9. Continued or repeated practice; usage; habit.
  10. Usefulness, benefit.

use frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word use occurs in english on average 641.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics use can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that use can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to use


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