UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations noun: /ˈjuːs/, verb: /ˈjuːz/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/v. yuz or, for pt. form of 7, yust; n. yus/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(v. yo̅o̅z or, for pt. form of 9, yo̅o̅st; n. yo̅o̅s)

Inflections of 'use' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. use a [pen, pencil]
  2. use your [head, brain]
  3. [need, have] to use the [toilet, bathroom, restroom]
  4. use the information [against you, for my benefit]
  5. use the [idea, concept]
  6. could use your [help, assistance]
  7. could use some help (with)
  8. could use a [hand, break]
  9. use his [image, song] in
  10. [permission, the right] to use the [image]
  11. use [only what, as much as] you need
  12. please use (the) other door
  13. don't be afraid to use (your)
  14. use your [hands, feet] to
  15. using her [wealth, privilege, fame, status, popularity] to
  16. used up (all) [the olive oil, the toilet paper, their resources]
  17. used it (all) up
  18. used to [make, describe, get, create, help]
  19. used by [children, adults, men]
  20. [often, typically, normally] used by [children]
  21. can be used [anywhere, in many ways]
  22. (not) [easy, difficult, hard, intuitive] to use
  23. I used to [think, go]
  24. didn't use to be [so, as, quite as, like this]
  25. he used me!
  26. just using him for [money, affection]
  1. an [adequate, appropriate] use (of)
  2. for [educational, personal] use (only)
  3. for your own use
  4. (is not) the [correct, wrong, intended] use (of)
  5. a better use of [time, money, energy]
  6. of no [practical, particular] use
  7. of no use [whatsoever, in the slightest]
  8. has [many, multiple] uses
  9. [shake, clean, wash, check] before use
  10. [shake] before use
  11. put [it, recycled items] to good use
  12. lost the use of [one eye, a kidney, his hand]
  13. make use of [the facilities, your time]
  14. don't have any use for this [calendar, wood, bag]
  15. have no use for (it)
  16. what's the use?
  17. what's the use of [trying, explaining, complaining]?
  18. what use is [trying, wishing]
  19. it is (just) no use!
  20. a [designer's, painter's, artist's] use of [color, form, texture]
  21. the [bathroom, telephone, meeting room] is in use
n as adj
  1. a single-use [item, code]
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