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Definition of Usage

Usage

  1. The act of using; mode of using or treating; treatment; conduct with respect to a person or a thing; as, good usage; ill usage; hard usage.
  2. Manners; conduct; behavior.
  3. Long-continued practice; customary mode of procedure; custom; habitual use; method.
  4. Customary use or employment, as of a word or phrase in a particular sense or signification.
  5. Experience.

Usage Quotations

English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street.
E. B. White

When the satisfaction or the security of another person becomes as significant to one as one's own satisfaction or security, then the state of love exists. Under no other circumstances is a state of love present, regardless of the popular usage of the term.
Harry Stack Sullivan

Language pedants hew to an oral tradition of shibboleths that have no basis in logic or style, that have been defied by great writers for centuries, and that have been disavowed by every thoughtful usage manual.
Steven Pinker

Those who are seeking ways to tap into the potential of e-mail will find themselves in a position to capitalize on the pending explosion in Internet usage.
Alexander Haig

I have heard my fill of hurtful words. I think it's especially egregious when citizens like me, who point out abuses in their country, are referred to as 'do-gooders.' This is how a phrase that can be used to stop an argument dead becomes part of common usage.
Gunter Grass
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Usage Translations

usage in German is Verwendung, Gebrauch
usage in Italian is uso
usage in Latin is ritus, consuetudo
usage in Spanish is utilizacion

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