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Meaning of USAGE

Pronunciation:  'yoosij

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  accepted or habitual practice
  2. [n]  the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers"

USAGE is a 5 letter word that starts with U.


 Synonyms: custom, employment, exercise, usance, utilisation, utilization
 See Also: abuse, activity, Americanism, Anglicism, application, Britishism, consuetude, couvade, development, exploitation, Germanism, habit, misuse, pattern, play, practical application, practice, recycling, rite, ritual, use, wont



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Us"age\, n. [F. usage, LL. usaticum. See {Use}.]
1. The act of using; mode of using or treating; treatment;
   conduct with respect to a person or a thing; as, good
   usage; ill usage; hard usage.

         My brother Is prisoner to the bishop here, at whose
         hands He hath good usage and great liberty. --Shak.

2. Manners; conduct; behavior. [Obs.]

         A gentle nymph was found, Hight Astery, excelling
         all the crew In courteous usage.      --Spenser.

3. Long-continued practice; customary mode of procedure;
   custom; habitual use; method. --Chaucer.

         It has now been, during many years, the grave and
         decorous usage of Parliaments to hear, in respectful
         silence, all expressions, acceptable or
         unacceptable, which are uttered from the throne.

4. Customary use or employment, as of a word or phrase in a
   particular sense or signification.

5. Experience. [Obs.]

         In eld [old age] is both wisdom and usage.

Syn: Custom; use; habit.

Usage: {Usage}, {Custom}. These words, as here compared,
       agree in expressing the idea of habitual practice; but
       a custom is not necessarily a usage. A custom may
       belong to many, or to a single individual. A usage
       properly belongs to the great body of a people. Hence,
       we speak of usage, not of custom, as the law of
       language. Again, a custom is merely that which has
       been often repeated, so as to have become, in a good
       degree, established. A usage must be both often
       repeated and of long standing. Hence, we speak of a
       ``hew custom,'' but not of a ``new usage.'' Thus,
       also, the ``customs of society'' is not so strong an
       expression as the ``usages of society.'' ``Custom, a
       greater power than nature, seldom fails to make them
       worship.'' --Locke. ``Of things once received and
       confirmed by use, long usage is a law sufficient.''
       --Hooker. In law, the words usage and custom are often
       used interchangeably, but the word custom also has a
       technical and restricted sense. See {Custom}, n., 3.