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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

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

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

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

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

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
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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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