• IPA: /ˈjuːsɪd͡ʒ/, /ˈjuːzɪd͡ʒ/


  1. The manner or the amount of using; use.
  2. Habit or accepted practice.
  3. (lexicography) The ways and contexts in which spoken and written words are used, determined by a lexicographer's intuition or from corpus analysis.
    1. Correct or proper use of language, proclaimed by some authority.
    2. Geographic, social, or temporal restrictions on the use of words.
  4. (obsolete) The treatment of someone or something.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.4:
      Whose sharp provokement them incenst so sore, / That both were bent t'avenge his usage base […]
    • 1693, [John Locke], “§115”, in Some Thoughts Concerning Education, London: […] A[wnsham] and J[ohn] Churchill, […], OCLC 1161614482 ↗:
      Satisfy a child by a constant course of your care and kindness, that you perfectly love him, and he may by degrees be accustom'd to bear very painful and rough usage from you, without flinching or complaining
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