Definition of make use of in US English:

make use of


  • 1Use for a purpose.

    • ‘Farmers have rarely made use of cooperatives for marketing purposes.’
    • ‘His latest work is a historical survey of the political purposes for which governments have made use of naval force.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People who are lactose intolerant do not have enough of this enzyme, and thus cannot make use of milk sugar.’
    • ‘It is likewise forbidden to make use of a stolen article or derive any benefit from it.’
    • ‘They share the feature that they make use of public roads for limited purposes.’
    • ‘I'll also hopefully be making use of all the excellent actors and crew that are here.’
    • ‘They possessed a Hoover for this purpose which made use of a cloth bag.’
    1. 1.1 Benefit from.
      ‘they were educated enough to make use of further training’
      • ‘I know there are a lot of loopholes for these people to make use of and to make money.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘From the outset, many pundits and bookmakers had given warning that betting exchanges could be exploited by those making use of inside information.’
      • ‘It suggests something to be made use of, something with which to turn a profit, rather than something which might change our lives.’
      • ‘So far as welfare is concerned, the French health service - which we've both made use of - is very good.’
      • ‘There's wonderful opportunities to be made use of in this land and on this land.’
      • ‘It is almost always cheaper to rather make use of an overdraft than using your credit card for such purposes.’
      • ‘Viewers can see sheep making use of nature's larder for feeding and medicinal purposes, calves playing tag and hens soaking up the sunshine.’
      • ‘This is not good enough because not everyone makes use of the hall.’
      • ‘It's that capitalism allows people more choices that they will actually make use of.’
      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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