Definition of use something up in US English:

use something up

phrasal verb

  • 1Consume or expend the whole of something.

    ‘the money was soon used up’
    • ‘Once the money was used up, the treatments at the bottom of the list would no longer be available.’
    • ‘How much more of the nation's economic and intellectual resources will be used up before the problem of traffic speed is solved?’
    • ‘They are using up savings to supply food to their displaced ex-workers.’
    • ‘Developed nations in particular will have to face up to the reality that oil and gas supplies will be used up in another 70 years from now, he added.’
    • ‘Sprinkle the dressing, fried garlic, chilli and mint over the top until all the ingredients have been used up.’
    • ‘These patterns were popular partly as they used up small amounts of wool.’
    • ‘If you send those countries commodities and other consumable items, they will be used up.’
    • ‘It turned out that they had spent days and nights at Internet cafes, one after the other until their money was used up.’
    • ‘It's not time consuming, it uses up valuable milk products that might otherwise go to waste.’
    • ‘They left sums of money for prayers until the money was used up, or transferred property to ensure that the prayers went on for ever.’
    consume, get through, go through, exhaust, deplete, expend, spend, waste, fritter away, squander, dissipate
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    1. 1.1 Find a purpose for something that is left over.
      ‘I might use up all my odd scraps of wool to make a scarf’
    2. 1.2be used upinformal (of a person) be worn out, especially with overwork.
      ‘she was tired and used up’