There are 2 translations of use in Spanish:

use1

n

/juːs/
  • 1 u (of machine, substance, method, word) uso (m), empleo (m), utilización (f) wash out the syringe before and after use lave la jeringa antes y después de su uso the new airstrip is ready for use la nueva pista de aterrizaje ya está lista or ya puede usarse Haydn's use of the oboe in his symphonies la manera en que Haydn hace uso del oboe en sus sinfonías her suitcase had seen a lot of use tenía una maleta muy usada the steps were worn down by centuries of use siglos de uso habían desgastado los escalones instructions for use instrucciones, modo de empleo I keep it for use in emergencies lo tengo para usarlo en caso de emergencia drug use el consumo de drogas the use of force el empleo or uso de la fuerza to lose the use of an arm/eye perder* el uso de un brazo/la visión de un ojo to be in use [machine] estar* funcionando or en funcionamiento [word/method] emplearse, usarse the elevator is in constant use el ascensor se usa constantemente the auxiliary motors come into use when needed los motores auxiliares entran en funcionamiento cuando es necesario the machine was out of use all last week la máquina no funcionó durante toda la semana pasada it went out of use years ago se dejó de usar hace muchos años to make use of sth usar algo, hacer* uso de algo she made good use of her money empleó or aprovechó bien su dinero, hizo buen uso de su dinero he's made poor use of his chances ha desaprovechado las oportunidades que ha tenido I must make better use of my time debo emplear or aprovechar mejor el tiempo she put her musical ability to good use hizo buen uso de sus dotes musicales he put the present to very bad use le dio muy mal uso al regalo
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    • Three methods of screening of vehicles are in use for security purposes.
    • The list goes on to include a large number of words no longer actually in use, which leaves you wondering why they are there.
    • The building itself was built in 1607 as a private residence, but it was in use as an inn by 1775.
  • 2 c (application, function) uso (m) the machine has many uses la máquina tiene muchos usos she has her uses para algo sirve, a veces nos ( or les etc) es útil I might find a use for them puede que me sirvan para algo I have no further use for these tools ya no necesito estas herramientas collectors have little use for those coins los coleccionistas no están muy interesados en esas monedas I've got no use for liars like him no tolero a los mentirosos como él
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    • A spin-off is a technology that has been transferred to uses other than the purpose for which it was developed.
    • We're not talking about latent powers that you can develop over a period of time, for other purposes or other uses.
    • The Northern Rivers Herb Festival is gearing up to be another huge event for Lismore with a major focus this year on culinary uses of local native herbs.
  • 3 u (usefulness) to be (of) use to sb serle* útil or de utilidad a algn, servirle* a algn it may be of some use to us in the future nos podría ser útil or de utilidad en un futuro, nos podría servir en un futuro she could be of enormous use to us nos podría ser utilísima it is of little practical use no es muy útil, no es de mucha utilidad práctica these scissors aren't much use estas tijeras no sirven para nada I'm not much use at cooking no se me da muy bien la cocina, no sirvo para cocinar a (fat) lot of use you are! [iro] ¡vaya manera de ayudar la tuya! [irónico/ironical] is this (of) any use to you? ¿te sirve de algo esto? it's no use es inútil, no hay manera, no hay caso (AmL) it's no use complaining de nada sirve quejarse, no se consigue nada quejándose or con quejarse what's the use (of -ing)? ¿de qué sirve (+ inf)?, ¿qué sentido tiene (+ inf)? what's the use of worrying? ¿de qué sirve or qué sentido tiene preocuparse? what's the use? he'll only say no! ¿para qué? ¿para que me diga que no?
  • 4 (right to use) to have the use of sb's car/office poder* usar el coche/la oficina de algn she offered me the use of her house while she was away me ofreció su casa mientras estaba fuera

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Word of the day mandado
adj
es muy mandado = he's a real opportunist …
Cultural fact of the day

The RAE (Real Academia de la Lengua Española) is a body established in the eighteenth century to record and preserve the Spanish language. It is made up of académicos, who are normally well-known literary figures and/or academic experts on the Spanish language. The RAE publishes the Diccionario de la Real Academia Española, which is regarded as an authority on correct Spanish. Affiliated academies exist in Latin American countries.

There are 2 translations of use in Spanish:

use2

vt

/juːz/
  • 1 1.1 (for task, purpose) usar are you using the scissors? ¿estás usando or (Chi tb) ocupando las tijeras? this camera is easy to use esta cámara es muy fácil de usar or es de fácil manejo the bed/skirt has hardly been used la cama/falda está casi sin usar don't use bad language no digas palabrotas to use drugs consumir drogas a technique used in this treatment una técnica que se emplea or se utiliza or se usa en este tratamiento we use first names in the office en la oficina nos llamamos por el nombre or nos tuteamos use your head/imagination usa la cabeza/la imaginación she could use her free time to better purpose podría aprovechar mejor su tiempo libre they've taken on more staff than they can use han contratado a más gente de la que necesitan to use sth to + inf usar or utilizar* algo para + inf use a knife to open it usa or utiliza un cuchillo para abrirla, ábrela con un cuchillo use your shoe to knock the nail in clávalo con el zapato I use the bones to make soup con los huesos hago una sopa what's this used for? ¿y esto para qué sirve or para qué se usa? I use the bike for getting around town uso la bicicleta para desplazarme por la ciudad to use sth as sth usar algo de or como algo we used an old sheet as a curtain usamos una sábana vieja de or como cortina
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    • Write a poem using key words in the story and read it out to others.
    • This is achieved by using a layer of coloured glass in the inside and etching over the outer frosted surface.
    • As an employer who uses the English language as a key tool, it is somewhat irritating to have to give basic lessons in English grammar to school leavers.
    1.2 (avail oneself of) [service] utilizar*, usar, hacer* uso de only members may use the facilities solo los socios pueden hacer uso de las instalaciones, solo los socios pueden utilizar or usar las instalaciones to use one's influence usar su ( or mi etc) influencia, valerse* de su ( or mi etc) influencia may I use your phone? ¿puedo hacer una llamada or llamar por teléfono? may I use your toilet? ¿puedo pasar or ir al baño? may I use your name for a reference? ¿puedo dar su nombre para referencias?
  • 2 (do with) [colloquial/familiar] I could use a drink/the money no me vendría mal un trago/el dinero we can use all the luck we can get vamos a necesitar toda la suerte del mundo
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    • The putting green is the only area where you could use a little bit more time.
  • 3 (consume) [food/fuel] consumir, usar; [money] gastar this heater uses a lot of electricity este calentador consume mucha electricidad use by Feb 3 2009 fecha de caducidad: 3 feb 2009, consumir antes del 3 feb 2009
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    • With budgets tight, many in the force see this as the most efficient way of using limited resources.
    • Second, think laterally about new ways of using limited resources.
    • The team's research shows no other reported chip uses a lower amount of energy consumed per decoded information bit.
  • 4 (manipulate, exploit) [pejorative/peyorativo] utilizar*, usar (esp AmL) I felt I'd been used me sentí utilizado or (esp AmL) usado
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    • These artists are trying to shock us, exploit us, use us for their next pay cheque.
    • The audience is made to feel sorry for her as she is used by these pathetic men.
    • While she uses her own family, she sees their situation and her emotions as universal.

modal v

  • /juːs/ (in neg, interrog sentences) I didn't use to visit them very often no solía visitarlos muy a menudo where did you use to live? ¿dónde vivías? see also used2

Phrasal verbs

use up

v + o + adv, v + adv + o
[supplies/strength] agotar, consumir; [leftovers] usar, aprovechar they'd used up all the hot water habían usado toda el agua caliente she's used up her clothes allowance on travel se ha gastado todo el dinero que recibe para ropa en viajar

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Word of the day mandado
adj
es muy mandado = he's a real opportunist …
Cultural fact of the day

The RAE (Real Academia de la Lengua Española) is a body established in the eighteenth century to record and preserve the Spanish language. It is made up of académicos, who are normally well-known literary figures and/or academic experts on the Spanish language. The RAE publishes the Diccionario de la Real Academia Española, which is regarded as an authority on correct Spanish. Affiliated academies exist in Latin American countries.