Definition of make use of in English:

make use of


  • 1Use for a purpose.

    ‘they made use of a variety of methods in their research’
    • ‘People who are lactose intolerant do not have enough of this enzyme, and thus cannot make use of milk sugar.’
    • ‘I'll also hopefully be making use of all the excellent actors and crew that are here.’
    • ‘It is simply a case of making use of the benefits of different mediums for different purposes.’
    • ‘Victims may choose whether or not to make use of the legal process, waiving their rights to compensation if they do not wish to sue.’
    • ‘The defendant had also made use of the drain for his own purposes, since it drained water from his own land.’
    • ‘It is likewise forbidden to make use of a stolen article or derive any benefit from it.’
    • ‘His latest work is a historical survey of the political purposes for which governments have made use of naval force.’
    • ‘They share the feature that they make use of public roads for limited purposes.’
    • ‘They possessed a Hoover for this purpose which made use of a cloth bag.’
    • ‘Farmers have rarely made use of cooperatives for marketing purposes.’
    1. 1.1 Benefit from.
      ‘they were educated enough to make use of further training’
      • ‘If I want to get out of it at any time I can, but I can also make unlimited overpayments and that is something I plan to make use of.’
      • ‘I know there are a lot of loopholes for these people to make use of and to make money.’
      • ‘There's wonderful opportunities to be made use of in this land and on this land.’
      • ‘This is not good enough because not everyone makes use of the hall.’
      • ‘It is almost always cheaper to rather make use of an overdraft than using your credit card for such purposes.’
      • ‘From the outset, many pundits and bookmakers had given warning that betting exchanges could be exploited by those making use of inside information.’
      • ‘It's that capitalism allows people more choices that they will actually make use of.’
      • ‘It suggests something to be made use of, something with which to turn a profit, rather than something which might change our lives.’
      • ‘Viewers can see sheep making use of nature's larder for feeding and medicinal purposes, calves playing tag and hens soaking up the sunshine.’
      • ‘So far as welfare is concerned, the French health service - which we've both made use of - is very good.’
      utilize, make use of, avail oneself of, employ, work, operate, wield, ply, apply, manoeuvre, manipulate, put to use, put into service, find a use for, resort to
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