1 control, employment, handling, management, operation, regulation, running, treatment, use
2 convention, custom, form, habit, matter of course, method, mode, practice, procedure, regime, routine, rule, tradition, wont
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usage ( usages plural )
1 n-uncount Usage is the way in which words are actually used in particular contexts, especially with regard to their meanings.
usu with supp
The word `undertaker' had long been in common usage..., He was a stickler for the correct usage of English.
2 n-count A usage is a meaning that a word has or a way in which it can be used.
It's very definitely a usage which has come over to Britain from America.
3 n-uncount Usage is the degree to which something is used or the way in which it is used.
usu with supp
Parts of the motor wore out because of constant usage..., If your water usage is very small it may be worthwhile opting for a meter.
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