Usage is the act of using something. Your cell phone usage is something you'll want to keep track of so you don't find yourself surprised by overages and extra charges that might make you want to cry.

Usage can also refer to the usual and correct way a language is spoken or written. If you want to make sure you're using the right word or using a tricky word correctly, you should consult a book on English usage. Usage can also mean an accepted practice or custom. An anthropologist might describe the specific time-honored usages that a particular tribe observes whenever a baby is born.

Definitions of usage

n the act of using

employment, exercise, use, utilisation, utilization
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the exercise of a profession
utilization or exercise
abuse, misuse
improper or excessive use
development, exploitation
the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful
the act of processing used or abandoned materials for use in creating new products
application, practical application
the act of bringing something to bear; using it for a particular purpose
the practice of giving expert advice within a particular field
the practice of beautifying the face and hair and skin
dental practice
the practice of dentistry
law practice
the practice of law
medical practice
the practice of medicine
the practice of an optometrist
private practice
the practice of a profession independently and not as an employee
drug abuse, habit, substance abuse
excessive use of drugs
land development
making an area of land more useful
water development, water program, water project
making an area of water more useful
bottle collection
collecting bottles for reuse
wrong use or application
engineering, technology
the practical application of science to commerce or industry
overexploitation, overuse, overutilisation, overutilization
exploitation to the point of diminishing returns
capitalisation, capitalization
the act of capitalizing on an opportunity
commercialisation, commercialization
the act of commercializing something; involving something in commerce
the act of providing electricity
unitisation, unitization
the joint development of a petroleum resource that straddles territory controlled by different companies
the use or practice of witchcraft
Type of:
any specific behavior

n accepted or habitual practice

custom, usance
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a custom that is peculiar to the United States or its citizens
Anglicism, Britishism
a custom that is peculiar to England or its citizens
a custom or usage that has acquired the force of law
a custom among some peoples whereby the husband of a pregnant wife is put to bed at the time of bearing the child
a custom that is peculiar to Germany or its citizens
habit, use
(psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition
the custom in some Islamic societies of women dressing modestly outside the home
rite, ritual
any customary observance or practice
stereotyped behavior
second nature
acquired behavior that is practiced so long it seems innate
betrothal, espousal
the act of becoming betrothed or engaged
marriage, marriage ceremony, wedding
the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony
rite of passage
a ritual performed in some cultures at times when an individual changes status (as from adolescence to adulthood)
the habit of keeping free of superficial imperfections
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pattern, practice
a customary way of operation or behavior
something that survives

n the customary manner in which a language (or a form of a language) is spoken or written

“English usage
“a usage borrowed from French”
Type of:
language, linguistic communication
a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols

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