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1‘she used her key to open the front door’
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
2‘the court will use its discretion in making an order’
exercise, employ, apply, exert, bring into play, practise, implement, draw on
3‘use your troops well and they will not let you down’
manage, handle, treat, behave towards, act towards, conduct oneself towards, deal with
4‘he may be innocent, but his sort use people like us’
take advantage of, exploit, make use of, manipulate, take liberties with, capitalize on, profit from, trade on, milk, impose on, abuse, misuse, mistreat, maltreat, treat lightly, trifle with, play with
informal cash in on, bleed, walk all over, play someone for a sucker
5‘I'm afraid I've used up all the eggs’
consume, get through, go through, exhaust, deplete, expend, spend, waste, fritter away, squander, dissipate
1‘they renounced the use of such weapons’
utilization, application, usage, employment, operation, manipulation, manoeuvring
2‘his use of other people for his own ends’
abuse, misuse, mistreatment, maltreatment
3‘what is the use of that?’
usefulness, advantage, benefit, service, utility, help, good, gain, avail, profit, value, worth, point, object, motive, aim, goal, purpose, sense, reason
4‘composers do not seem to have found much use for the device’
need, necessity, call, demand, occasion, purpose, reason, cause, grounds, justification, requirement, excuse
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