Translation of use in Spanish:


usar, v.

Pronunciation: /juːz//juz/

transitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(for task, purpose)

      are you using the scissors? ¿estás usando las tijeras?
      • 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
      • to use sth as sth usar algo de / como algo
      • 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
      • we used an old sheet as a curtain usamos una sábana vieja de / como cortina
      • The technology employed uses a wireless network with the signal hopping from building to building.
      • 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.
      • They would fly a few feet over the drop zone and then deploy the cargo using a small drogue parachute.
      • Indeed, this train will accomplish its journey using satellite navigation technology.
      • He had only a minimal understanding of my language apparently and so we would have to use simple terms.
      • Limiting the grass intake can be accomplished by using a grazing mask or muzzle or by restricting the area available for grazing.
      • This way, quality and output quantity can still be achieved using manual techniques.
      • This is achieved by using a layer of coloured glass in the inside and etching over the outer frosted surface.
      • It is mainly accomplished by using text in the same color as the background color of the page.
      • In reviewing past research, the current paper uses the terms employed by the original authors.
      • While each robot uses different technology to employ similar ends, all are maintenance free.
      • Write a poem using key words in the story and read it out to others.
      • 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.
      • Brown works with a tiny brush and uses it to achieve minute detail in the manner of Salvador Dali.
      • He said there was no justification in using the land for employment as it would simply replace jobs in the city centre.
      • How could it use economic incentives to achieve this cut, and what might be the outcomes?
      • In that respect, we have come from a culture that has never had to use the law to achieve integrity.
      • The association has employed a gardener who uses water from the park's borewell.
      • Although the same men are employed using the same tools, the business is different.
      • Elegantly curved walls can be achieved using wedge shaped blocks with an internal curve.

    • 1.2(avail oneself of)

      (service) utilizar
      (service) usar
      (service) hacer uso de
      only members may use the facilities solo los socios pueden utilizar / usar las instalaciones
      • to use one's influence valerse de su (/ 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?
      • may I use your name for a reference? ¿puedo dar su nombre para referencias?

  • 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
  • 3

    (fuel/food) consumir
    (fuel/food) usar
    (money) gastar
    this heater uses a lot of electricity este calentador consume mucha electricidad
    • use by Feb 3 2009 consumir antes del 3 feb 2009
  • 4derogatory

    (manipulate, exploit)
    usar Latin America
    I felt I'd been used me sentí utilizado


  • 1

    to be used to sth/ -ing estar acostumbrado a algo/+ inf
    • to get used to sth/ -ing acostumbrarse 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
    • 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 /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
  • 3

    I 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 masculine
    empleo masculine
    utilización feminine
    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 / 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 (instructions) 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 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
    • she made good use of her money empleó / aprovechó bien 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 / 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
  • 2

    (application, function)
    uso masculine
    the machine has many uses la máquina tiene muchos usos
    • she has her uses a veces nos (/ 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
  • 3

    to be (of) use to sb servirle a algn
    • it may be of some use to us in the future 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
    • 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
    • a (fat) lot of use you are! ¡vaya manera de ayudar la tuya!
    • is this (of) any use to you? ¿te sirve de algo esto?
    • it's no use no hay manera
    • it's no use complaining no se consigue nada quejándose / con quejarse
    • what's the use (of -ing )? ¿de qué sirve (+ inf )?
    • what's the use of worrying? ¿de qué sirve / 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
  • 5literary

    uso masculine literary
  • 6

    rito masculine