Definition of usage in English:


Syllabification: us·age
Pronunciation: /ˈyo͞osij, -zij


  • 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.
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    • 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; idiolect
  • 1.2Habitual or customary practice, especially as creating a right, obligation, or standard.
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    • 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).

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