1 employ, make use of, put into practice or operation, practise, utilize, exercise, bring into play, have recourse to, resort to, put or press into service, put to use, avail (oneself) of; say, utter, speak:
If you use a hammer you might damage the surface. Why do you have to use bad language?
2 capitalize on, turn to account, profit by or from, exploit, utilize, make use of, take advantage of, manipulate, manoeuvre, handle, abuse, misuse, play, work:
She used her smile to lure men on. Dorothy never forgave Conrad for the way he used her and her contacts to get his job.
3 consume, eat, drink, smoke, take, partake of, ingest, inject, Slang shoot (up):
He has never used a habit-forming substance.
4 consume, buy, purchase, employ, utilize:
Which kind of detergent do you use?
5 use up. consume, exhaust, expend, run through, run out of, deplete; waste, squander, fritter away, pour down the drain, throw away:
He used up all the toothpaste. She used up her entire inheritance gambling.
6 usage, application, employment, utilization; using:
The use of unleaded fuel is recommended.
7 function, utility, application; advantage, benefit, good, service, interest, profit, avail:
What's the use of a radio that doesn't work?
8 wear (and tear), utilization, treatment, usage, handling:
Long use has worn the workbench smooth.
9 usability, usefulness, utility, utilization, usage, function, functioning, service(s), serviceability, power:
He lost the use of his right arm in an accident at work.
10 licence, permission, permit, privilege:
We paid a high fee for the use of this parking space.
11 consumption, purchases, buying, acquisition:
The use of cigarettes has diminished in the last decade.
12 advantage, purpose, point, end, object, reason, basis, ground:
I have tried to help him overcome his habit, but what's the use? Many are the uses of adversity.
13 demand, need, necessity, urgency, exigency:
The world has as much use for art as for engineering.
15 have no use for. execrate, detest, abhor, hate, despise, scorn, contemn, spurn, reject, dislike:
We have no use for cowards in this regiment.