noun us·age \ˈyü-sij, -zij\

: the act of using something

: the way that something is used

: the amount of something that is used

Full Definition of USAGE

a :  firmly established and generally accepted practice or procedure
b :  a uniform certain reasonable lawful practice existing in a particular locality or occupation and binding persons entering into transactions chiefly on the basis of presumed familiarity
c :  the way in which words and phrases are actually used (as in a particular form or sense) in a language community
a :  the action, amount, or mode of using <a decreased usage of electricity>
b :  manner of treating

Origin of USAGE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from us use
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to USAGE

Synonym Discussion of USAGE

habit, practice, usage, custom, wont mean a way of acting fixed through repetition. habit implies a doing unconsciously and often compulsively <had a habit of tapping his fingers>. practice suggests an act or method followed with regularity and usually through choice <our practice is to honor all major credit cards>. usage suggests a customary action so generally followed that it has become a social norm <western-style dress is now common usage in international business>. custom applies to a practice or usage so steadily associated with an individual or group as to have almost the force of unwritten law <the custom of wearing black at funerals>. wont usually applies to an habitual manner, method, or practice of an individual or group <as was her wont, she slept until noon>.
USAGE Defined for Kids


noun us·age \ˈyü-sij, -zij\

Definition of USAGE for Kids

:  usual way of doing things <a business usage>
:  the way in which words and phrases are actually used
:  the action of using :  use <The book was worn from long usage.>


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