Definition of usage in English:



  • 1The action of using something or the fact of being used.

    ‘a survey of water usage’
    ‘the usage of equipment’
    • ‘Also, the region is an immense source of oil and underground water that has yet to be tapped for usage.’
    • ‘A usage log within the practice computers recorded when the guidelines were used and by whom.’
    • ‘He also proposed discounts for people who cut their water usage by 50 percent or more.’
    • ‘Although fresh water is ample, guests are reminded to be wary of their water usage.’
    • ‘San Diego saw a nice decrease in power usage because they raised the price to consumers.’
    • ‘Finally, there must be a charge on sewage and water based on usage.’
    • ‘It establishes a process specifically to determine, and then to allocate, water usage.’
    • ‘Marketing campaigns would increase rail usage and all rail should be accessible to the disabled.’
    • ‘It has doubled its oil usage over the last decade and now consumes 30% of the world's oil.’
    • ‘The proposal conveniently ignored that fact that the usage of crop protection products falls year by year in this country anyway.’
    • ‘This resulted in reduced water usage and a significant increase in recycling.’
    • ‘Many companies also monitor their employees' Internet usage and email communications.’
    • ‘Surveys were taken of energy usage in the school and saving energy tips were produced.’
    • ‘A probing, in-depth survey has found that consumer Internet usage is rising.’
    • ‘He employed a technique, which he said had a long history of usage by the medical profession and which was dealt with in many texts.’
    • ‘The recent tourism season aggravated the problem because of the huge influx of people and increased water usage.’
    • ‘There are an average of two or three fires in the city a day, resulting in a high usage of the equipment.’
    • ‘The high level of car usage and the fact the number of large trucks has never been greater also acts as a disincentive to switch to pedal power.’
    • ‘The battery life will last roughly for 12 hours under standard usage of the mouse.’
    • ‘The judging criteria is based on drawing techniques, usage of color and standard of work.’
    utilization, use, employment, consumption, operation, manipulation, running, handling
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    1. 1.1 The way in which a word or phrase is normally and correctly used.
      • ‘Soon I shall be doing a quick survey of some examples of actual live usage of the word.’
      • ‘In general usage, it is a word associated with emphasis, significance, tension, and strain.’
      • ‘In everyday, non-technical usage the words have much the same meaning.’
      • ‘In a case like this, the facts of linguistic history and current usage don't really matter.’
      • ‘It is thus crucial to interrogate the nuances behind the unconscious and conscious usage of words.’
      • ‘I'd never heard of the journal before but it's chock full of goodness for those with an interest in word usage and origins.’
      • ‘Perhaps a shorter pronunciation will become standard usage in the future.’
      • ‘The word in classical usage describes a small café serving traditional French cooking.’
      • ‘Pater Noster was not a phrase exclusive to Christian usage, it was a known term.’
      • ‘As discussed here previously, we use the term hacker in the common usage of the word.’
      • ‘This usage of the word ‘primitive’ is now much less common and no longer has derogatory implications.’
      • ‘Essentially the same usage occurs in both Japanese and Korean.’
      • ‘For example, a lot of the words that we would today classify as racial slurs were in common usage in polite society as recently as thirty years ago.’
      • ‘In the end, the people who write textbooks will probably tip the scales in favor of one usage or another.’
      • ‘Like ‘lame’, there are a lot of words in regular usage that have questionable origins.’
      • ‘We don't in general need to appeal to previous usage to know what a phrase means.’
      • ‘The usage of contemporary words made for an easy understanding of the essence of the original work by all.’
      • ‘It was to record facts, and the fact that usage differs for reasons to be found in the history of language.’
      • ‘This is not surprising, as there has been a shift in usage this century and older style books give different advice from newer ones.’
      • ‘The most curious usage, because it seems to have spread furthest from its origins, whatever they are, is snail.’
      phraseology, phrasing, diction, parlance, idiom, choice of words, terminology
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    2. 1.2 Habitual or customary practice, especially as creating a right, obligation, or standard.
      • ‘Its composition, its time of meeting, its powers, are all regulated by convention and usage, not by law.’
      • ‘In fact, Bowen's wife plays a key role in securing his acceptance, ‘being a well-educated woman, versed in the usages of polite society’.’
      • ‘Thus we speak of the customs prevailing in a society - usages, manners and convictions that we observe.’
      • ‘He manifests his more permanent ideas in laws and customs and social usages; but in dealing with the events of the passing hour, he must employ interpreters.’
      • ‘What this bill does is to recognise the customary rights and usages of Maori - as we should do.’
      • ‘Once a specific customary usage right is recognised, it is simply registered on the local plan.’
      • ‘It is impossible to give any precise or universal formula, but it may broadly be said that a useful test is perhaps what is reasonable according to the ordinary usages of mankind living in society, or more correctly in a particular society.’
      • ‘There are many employments the remuneration of which is, by trade usage, invariably fixed on a commission basis.’
      • ‘The Board shall make its decision with regard to the custom and usage of the insurance and reinsurance business.’
      • ‘The issue was not to be prejudged: it would hinge on the legal rights to the land in dispute, as set out in charter or exercised in practice or usage.’
      • ‘He upheld customary usages and institutions in Goa, reduced anti-Hindu discrimination, promoted education and tolerance, and abolished the colour bar.’
      • ‘It was not suggested that usage and custom in this context were other than synonymous.’
      • ‘In any event, the practices and usages of war which gradually ripened into recognized customs with which belligerents were bound to comply, recognized the crimes specified herein as crimes subject to punishment.’
      • ‘Customary rights are usage rights, granting the right to do a specific thing in a specific place.’
      • ‘The town's acquisition of jurisdictions from its lords would have been a sufficient motivation to compile a written set of customary usages of the town.’
      • ‘This rule does not apply if it can be established that a custom or usage is applicable to each permitting marriage between the two.’
      • ‘It would be my gym for my training, where I would practice my weapons usage and martial arts.’
      • ‘The information must be judged in the light of the usage and practices of the industry involved.’
      • ‘Was there a custom or usage of the ports in Chile that cargo could be delivered without presentation of a bill of landing?’
      • ‘I rather mean all the problems of custom and usage, for only by following them unrestricted succession is possible.’
      custom, practice, habit, tradition, convention, routine, rule, rite, ritual, observance, ordinance, ceremony, ceremonial
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Middle English (in the sense ‘customary practice’): from Old French, from us ‘a use’ (see use).