usage

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
  1. noun
    the act of using
    synonyms: employment, exercise, use, utilisation, utilization
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    practice
    the exercise of a profession
    play
    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
    recycling
    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
    sustainability
    the use of methods that do not cause long-term harm to the environment or deplete natural resources
    consultancy
    the practice of giving expert advice within a particular field
    cosmetology
    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
    optometry
    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
    misapplication
    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
    electrification
    the act of providing electricity
    unitisation, unitization
    the joint development of a petroleum resource that straddles territory controlled by different companies
    witching
    the use or practice of witchcraft
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    activity
    any specific behavior
  2. noun
    accepted or habitual practice
    synonyms: custom, usance
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    Americanism
    a custom that is peculiar to the United States or its citizens
    Anglicism, Britishism
    a custom that is peculiar to England or its citizens
    consuetude
    a custom or usage that has acquired the force of law
    couvade
    a custom among some peoples whereby the husband of a pregnant wife is put to bed at the time of bearing the child
    Germanism
    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
    hijab
    the custom in some Islamic societies of women dressing modestly outside the home
    rite, ritual
    any customary observance or practice
    ritual
    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)
    cleanliness
    the habit of keeping free of superficial imperfections
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    pattern, practice
    a customary way of operation or behavior
    survival
    something that survives
  3. noun
    the customary manner in which a language (or a form of a language) is spoken or written
    “English usage
    “a usage borrowed from French”
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    language, linguistic communication
    a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols
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