Definition of usage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈyo͞osij/
Pronunciation: /ˈyo͞ozij/


1The action of using something or the fact of being used: a survey of water usage the usage of equipment
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  • The high level of car usage and the fact the number of large trucks has never been greater also acts as a disincentive to switch to pedal power.
  • Finally, there must be a charge on sewage and water based on usage.
  • This resulted in reduced water usage and a significant increase in recycling.
use, utilization, operation, manipulation, running, handling
1.1The way in which a word or phrase is normally and correctly used.
Example sentences
  • In everyday, non-technical usage the words have much the same meaning.
  • In general usage, it is a word associated with emphasis, significance, tension, and strain.
  • This usage of the word ‘primitive’ is now much less common and no longer has derogatory implications.
phraseology, parlance, idiom, way of speaking/writing, mode of expression, style;
1.2Habitual or customary practice, especially as creating a right, obligation, or standard.
Example sentences
  • The Board shall make its decision with regard to the custom and usage of the insurance and reinsurance business.
  • Was there a custom or usage of the ports in Chile that cargo could be delivered without presentation of a bill of landing?
  • It was not suggested that usage and custom in this context were other than synonymous.
custom, practice, habit, tradition, convention, rule, observance;
way, procedure, form, wont
formal praxis
(usages) mores


Middle English (in the sense 'customary practice'): from Old French, from us 'a use' (see use).

Words that rhyme with usage


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Syllabification: us·age

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