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Definition of 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

The world is not so much in need of new thoughts as that when thought grows old and worn with usage it should, like current coin, be called in, and, from the mint of genius, reissued fresh and new.
Alexander Smith

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

In this age of globalization, instant real time media and television, everyone all over the world realizes that high energy usage equates with a high standard of living and wealth.
John Olver

The ideal thing would be to have a 100 percent effective AIDS vaccine. And to have broad usage of that vaccine. That would literally break the epidemic.
Bill Gates

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
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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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