In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(for task, purpose)usarare you using the scissors? — ¿estás ocupando las tijeras? Chile
- this camera is easy to use — esta cámara es muy fácil de usar / 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 / se utiliza / se usa en este tratamiento
- we use first names in the office — en la oficina nos llamamos por el nombre / 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 / utilizar algo para + inf
- use a knife to open it — 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 / 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/como algo
- we used an old sheet as a curtain — usamos una sábana vieja de / como cortina
- This way, quality and output quantity can still be achieved using manual techniques.
- He said there was no justification in using the land for employment as it would simply replace jobs in the city centre.
- The association has employed a gardener who uses water from the park's borewell.
- 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.
- Limiting the grass intake can be accomplished by using a grazing mask or muzzle or by restricting the area available for grazing.
- This is achieved by using a layer of coloured glass in the inside and etching over the outer frosted surface.
- Brown works with a tiny brush and uses it to achieve minute detail in the manner of Salvador Dali.
- Indeed, this train will accomplish its journey using satellite navigation technology.
- Write a poem using key words in the story and read it out to others.
- The technology employed uses a wireless network with the signal hopping from building to building.
- While each robot uses different technology to employ similar ends, all are maintenance free.
- I was able to sneak away for a little while to watch a team of men assembling an ox-plow and yoke using simple hand tools.
- He had only a minimal understanding of my language apparently and so we would have to use simple terms.
- How could it use economic incentives to achieve this cut, and what might be the outcomes?
- Elegantly curved walls can be achieved using wedge shaped blocks with an internal curve.
- In that respect, we have come from a culture that has never had to use the law to achieve integrity.
- In reviewing past research, the current paper uses the terms employed by the original authors.
- They would fly a few feet over the drop zone and then deploy the cargo using a small drogue parachute.
- It is mainly accomplished by using text in the same color as the background color of the page.
- Although the same men are employed using the same tools, the business is different.
1.2(avail oneself of)(service) utilizar(service) usar(service) hacer uso deonly members may use the facilities — solo los socios pueden utilizar / usar las instalaciones
- to use one's influence — valerse de su (or mi etc.) influencia
- may I use your phone? — ¿puedo hacer una llamada / llamar por teléfono?
- may I use your toilet? — ¿puedo pasar / ir al baño?
2informal(do with)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
- The putting green is the only area where you could use a little bit more time.
3(consume)(food/fuel) consumir(food/fuel) usar(money) gastarthis heater uses a lot of electricity — este calentador consume mucha electricidad
- [ S ]use by Feb 3 2009 — consumir antes del 3 feb 2009
- Capable of using large amounts of data, without having to be carried over a shoulder or being recharged more than once a day.
- In May I suddenly started receiving electricity bills out of proportion to the amount I had used.
- They are on all the time and use a colossal amount of electricity and overheat.
- Apart from a tiny amount which was used on business, all the rest was spent on buying a house and car and on himself.
- The team's research shows no other reported chip uses a lower amount of energy consumed per decoded information bit.
- Space heating uses the largest amount of energy, so actions that reduce home heating requirements will have the greatest impact.
- This amount was to be used over the five year period to which the naming rights applied.
- Air travel uses large amounts of fossil fuel, which are then turned to greenhouse gases, released at high altitude.
- For example, use small amounts of unsaturated oils, like olive oil or sunflower oil.
- Fill the tank again, note the amount of litres taken and divide the number of miles driven by the amount of fuel used.
- The advantage is that it uses much less energy than the distillation process.
- It was a recipe in which each of the ingredients were stated to be used in amounts within the specified ranges.
- Nearly all the lighting uses efficient fluorescent bulbs, and walls are insulated and windows double-glazed.
- With budgets tight, many in the force see this as the most efficient way of using limited resources.
- At home they had only let him take freezing cold baths and use a small amount of soap.
- The chemical industry is also the industry that uses the greatest amount of energy.
- A meter will monitor the amount of water used from the existing water supply at the location.
- Second, think laterally about new ways of using limited resources.
- It's only a small amount that is used as a fertilizer, that is fertilizer grade.
- You will probably be able to save about a third of the amount of water used in bathing.
4derogatory(manipulate, exploit)utilizarusar Latin AmericaI felt I'd been used — me sentí utilizado
- He worried I might be using him as a bargaining tool but I showed that wasn't the case.
- She says he lied about his sexual orientation, and was just using her to get cash and a green card.
- It was put to him that he was really using his daughters and treating them as objects.
- The pity and gratitude disappeared as soon as I came to know he was just using me.
- Adam had used me and treated me shabbily for four years so it would do him good to get a little of his own medicine.
- If it turned out she was using me, then she probably wasn't a friend in the first place.
- Her friends saw her as using him for his money really as they thought she never really loved him and saw him as a short term investment.
- While she uses her own family, she sees their situation and her emotions as universal.
- 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.
- Not that she talked about him in there - he didn't need the publicity, and she didn't want people to think she was using him.
- However much he might try to spin it the other way, he's not acting as a conduit for our wishes, but merely using us to support his own.
- I bugged him about that last night, that he was just using me and my place for killing time.
- Cat said she stayed with him for two more months, even though it was obvious he was using her.
1(accustomed)to be used to sth/-ing — estar acostumbrado a algo/+ inf
- I'm not used to this heat/getting up early — no estoy acostumbrado a tanto calor/a madrugar
- I'm used to being treated like that — estoy acostumbrado a que me traten así
- to get used to sth/-ing — acostumbrarse a algo/+ inf
- I got used to him — me acostumbré a él
- I got used to the idea — me hice a la idea
- we grew used to the food — nos acostumbramos a la comida
- you'll soon get used to getting up early — pronto te acostumbrarás a madrugar
2(indicating former state, habit)used to (+ inf)
- there used to be a shop next door — antes había una tienda al lado
- usedn't there to be a park here? — ¿no había aquí un parque?
- things aren't what they used to be — las cosas ya no son lo que eran
- I used to work in that shop — (antes) trabajaba en esa tienda
- do you play chess? — I used to — ¿juegas al ajedrez? — antes solía jugar / ya no
- they used not / (British, informal) usedn't to charge for deliveries — antes no cobraban el reparto a domicilio
- I sometimes used to read that paper — de vez en cuando leía / solía leer ese periódico
3I didn't use to visit them very often — no solía visitarlos muy a menudo
- where did you use to live? — ¿dónde vivías?
1(of machine, substance, method, word)uso masculineempleo masculineutilización femininewash 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 / 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
- [ S ]instructions for use — instrucciones
- 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 / 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 — emplearse
- the elevator is in constant use — el ascensor se usa constantemente
- the machine was out of use all last week — la máquina no funcionó durante toda la semana pasada
- he put the present to very bad use — le dio muy mal uso al regalo
- For most of today's great powers, the use of force would jeopardise their economic objectives.
- The upstairs gym is being relocated, but the downstairs gym is still in use.
- Now that issues such as climate change and the use of nuclear power are coming to the fore have your opinions changed?
- New groups of elite can gain access to power through the use of elections.
- It is estimated there are around two million computers in use in Scotland.
- The building itself was built in 1607 as a private residence, but it was in use as an inn by 1775.
- Much of the power of the Church was based on its ability to enforce the use of Latin as the language of worship.
- The list goes on to include a large number of words no longer actually in use, which leaves you wondering why they are there.
- In a society ruled by law, the use of public power should be authorized and permitted by laws.
- What is less obvious in this sort of reportage is its selectivity or the use of leading questions.
- He urged the police to increase the use of their stop-and-search powers to cut down on youth knife crime.
- This would include sharing masts that are currently in use by other phone companies.
- It remained in use until 18 months ago when a dangerous structures notice was served on it.
- In addition, it may be possible to recycle some security devices no longer in use.
- What was the use of all this power they were entitled to if, when they needed it most, it could not help.
- Court staff were also warned to be on their guard and instructed to ensure court rooms were locked at all time when not in use.
- The satellite phone in the apartment had been in use almost constantly.
- Another steam car proved to be more satisfactory and was approved for use alongside horse power.
- The use of the word literature was intended to send the message that this is about writing a book.
- Three methods of screening of vehicles are in use for security purposes.
2(application, function)uso masculinethe machine has many uses — la máquina tiene muchos usos
- she has her uses — a veces nos (or les etc.) es útil
- I might find a use for them — puede que me sirvan para algo
- They are also concerned about secondary uses of their data, particularly for marketing and insurance purposes.
- This vegetable has a similar taste to celery and, as well as having a range of culinary uses, is quite easy to grow.
- This herb has been around for centuries, and is highly valued for both its medicinal and culinary uses.
- A writer or publisher could take a tough stance on copyright, requiring all uses of the work to involve permission and fees.
- A spin-off is a technology that has been transferred to uses other than the purpose for which it was developed.
- The creatures were to be sent to Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, China and other south Asian countries where they are in great demand for medicinal uses.
- Of aloe vera's many uses, most probably the best known is in the treatment of burns.
- These energies form the core of traditional Chinese theory, which determines an herb's uses and effects.
- But seminaries first have to determine appropriate educational uses of new technologies.
- It has many other culinary uses: it can be added to mince for a different-tasting shepherd's pie.
- It is a popular summer fruit with many culinary uses.
- Overall, the median number of efficient and safe uses per device was 10.
- These uses did not include efficiency and effectiveness measures, which became prevalent after the move inland.
- We're not talking about latent powers that you can develop over a period of time, for other purposes or other uses.
- Chairman of the panel told members the scheme would help to pave the way for more efficient uses of fuel in the 21st century.
- First of all, for medical purposes, Cannabis has uses.
- Cooks classify tomatoes and other garden produce by their culinary uses; by that criterion, a tomato is a vegetable.
- 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.
- Juniper was a native conifer that thrived in the highlands of Scotland with a multitude of culinary and medicinal uses.
- Even at the current premium price of titanium, many items for civilian and military uses are justifiable in titanium.
3(usefulness)a (fat) lot of use you are! — ¡vaya manera de ayudar la tuya! ironic
- it's no use — es inútil
- it's no use complaining — no se consigue nada quejándose / con quejarse
- 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
5.1literary (custom)uso masculine literary
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