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 — usa / utiliza un cuchillo para abrirla
- 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
- He had only a minimal understanding of my language apparently and so we would have to use simple terms.
- The technology employed uses a wireless network with the signal hopping from building to building.
- Indeed, this train will accomplish its journey using satellite navigation technology.
- Elegantly curved walls can be achieved using wedge shaped blocks with an internal curve.
- The association has employed a gardener who uses water from the park's borewell.
- This way, quality and output quantity can still be achieved using manual techniques.
- Brown works with a tiny brush and uses it to achieve minute detail in the manner of Salvador Dali.
- They would fly a few feet over the drop zone and then deploy the cargo using a small drogue parachute.
- This is achieved by using a layer of coloured glass in the inside and etching over the outer frosted surface.
- How could it use economic incentives to achieve this cut, and what might be the outcomes?
- It is mainly accomplished by using text in the same color as the background color of the page.
- 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 said there was no justification in using the land for employment as it would simply replace jobs in the city centre.
- In reviewing past research, the current paper uses the terms employed by the original authors.
- Write a poem using key words in the story and read it out to others.
- Although the same men are employed using the same tools, the business is different.
- While each robot uses different technology to employ similar ends, all are maintenance free.
- In that respect, we have come from a culture that has never had to use the law to achieve integrity.
- Limiting the grass intake can be accomplished by using a grazing mask or muzzle or by restricting the area available for grazing.
- 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(service) usar(service) hacer uso deonly members may use the facilities — solo los socios pueden utilizar / usar las instalaciones
- to use one's influence — usar 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
- At home they had only let him take freezing cold baths and use a small amount of soap.
- It was a recipe in which each of the ingredients were stated to be used in amounts within the specified ranges.
- The team's research shows no other reported chip uses a lower amount of energy consumed per decoded information bit.
- The advantage is that it uses much less energy than the distillation process.
- Space heating uses the largest amount of energy, so actions that reduce home heating requirements will have the greatest impact.
- The chemical industry is also the industry that uses the greatest amount of energy.
- Capable of using large amounts of data, without having to be carried over a shoulder or being recharged more than once a day.
- Nearly all the lighting uses efficient fluorescent bulbs, and walls are insulated and windows double-glazed.
- They are on all the time and use a colossal amount of electricity and overheat.
- Second, think laterally about new ways of using limited resources.
- Apart from a tiny amount which was used on business, all the rest was spent on buying a house and car and on himself.
- With budgets tight, many in the force see this as the most efficient way of using limited resources.
- It's only a small amount that is used as a fertilizer, that is fertilizer grade.
- This amount was to be used over the five year period to which the naming rights applied.
- Fill the tank again, note the amount of litres taken and divide the number of miles driven by the amount of fuel used.
- In May I suddenly started receiving electricity bills out of proportion to the amount I had used.
- You will probably be able to save about a third of the amount of water used in bathing.
- For example, use small amounts of unsaturated oils, like olive oil or sunflower oil.
- Air travel uses large amounts of fossil fuel, which are then turned to greenhouse gases, released at high altitude.
- A meter will monitor the amount of water used from the existing water supply at the location.
4derogatory(manipulate, exploit)utilizarusar Latin AmericaI felt I'd been used — me sentí usado Latin America
- 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.
- He worried I might be using him as a bargaining tool but I showed that wasn't the case.
- The audience is made to feel sorry for her as she is used by these pathetic men.
- 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.
- I bugged him about that last night, that he was just using me and my place for killing time.
- The pity and gratitude disappeared as soon as I came to know he was just using me.
- If it turned out she was using me, then she probably wasn't a friend in the first place.
- Cat said she stayed with him for two more months, even though it was obvious he was using her.
- While she uses her own family, she sees their situation and her emotions as universal.
- It was put to him that he was really using his daughters and treating them as objects.
- 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.
- She says he lied about his sexual orientation, and was just using her to get cash and a green card.
- 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.
- These artists are trying to shock us, exploit us, use us for their next pay cheque.
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 — 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 / 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 — estar funcionando / en funcionamiento
- 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
- The building itself was built in 1607 as a private residence, but it was in use as an inn by 1775.
- This would include sharing masts that are currently in use by other phone companies.
- Another steam car proved to be more satisfactory and was approved for use alongside horse power.
- 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.
- New groups of elite can gain access to power through the use of elections.
- Three methods of screening of vehicles are in use for security purposes.
- The satellite phone in the apartment had been in use almost constantly.
- In addition, it may be possible to recycle some security devices no longer in use.
- Now that issues such as climate change and the use of nuclear power are coming to the fore have your opinions changed?
- It remained in use until 18 months ago when a dangerous structures notice was served on it.
- It is estimated there are around two million computers in use in Scotland.
- He urged the police to increase the use of their stop-and-search powers to cut down on youth knife crime.
- The use of the word literature was intended to send the message that this is about writing a book.
- For most of today's great powers, the use of force would jeopardise their economic objectives.
- What was the use of all this power they were entitled to if, when they needed it most, it could not help.
- What is less obvious in this sort of reportage is its selectivity or the use of leading questions.
- The upstairs gym is being relocated, but the downstairs gym is still in use.
- The list goes on to include a large number of words no longer actually in use, which leaves you wondering why they are there.
- Much of the power of the Church was based on its ability to enforce the use of Latin as the language of worship.
- In a society ruled by law, the use of public power should be authorized and permitted by laws.
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
- This herb has been around for centuries, and is highly valued for both its medicinal and culinary uses.
- Even at the current premium price of titanium, many items for civilian and military uses are justifiable in titanium.
- Of aloe vera's many uses, most probably the best known is in the treatment of burns.
- A spin-off is a technology that has been transferred to uses other than the purpose for which it was developed.
- But seminaries first have to determine appropriate educational uses of new technologies.
- This vegetable has a similar taste to celery and, as well as having a range of culinary uses, is quite easy to grow.
- They are also concerned about secondary uses of their data, particularly for marketing and insurance purposes.
- These uses did not include efficiency and effectiveness measures, which became prevalent after the move inland.
- It is a popular summer fruit with many culinary uses.
- Juniper was a native conifer that thrived in the highlands of Scotland with a multitude of culinary and medicinal uses.
- Overall, the median number of efficient and safe uses per device was 10.
- 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.
- We're not talking about latent powers that you can develop over a period of time, for other purposes or other uses.
- 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.
- A writer or publisher could take a tough stance on copyright, requiring all uses of the work to involve permission and fees.
- These energies form the core of traditional Chinese theory, which determines an herb's uses and effects.
- 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.
- It has many other culinary uses: it can be added to mince for a different-tasting shepherd's pie.
- Chairman of the panel told members the scheme would help to pave the way for more efficient uses of fuel in the 21st century.
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