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(emplear, utilizar)to use¿cómo se usa esta calculadora? — how does this calculator work?
- es una expresión poco usada — it's not a very common expression
- usó mal esa palabra — he didn't use the word correctly
- usa preservativos — use condoms
- usó toda su diplomacia para convencerlos — she used all her tact to convince them
- usar algo/a algn de / como algo — to use sth/sb as sth
- no uses el plato de / como cenicero — don't use the plate as an ashtray
- ¿te puedo usar de / como testigo? — can I use you as a witness?
1.2(servicio/instalaciones) to usehay una excelente biblioteca pero nadie la usa — there's an excellent library but nobody uses it / nobody makes use of it
1.3(consumir)(producto/ingredientes/combustible) to use¿qué champú usas? — what shampoo do you use?
- no uses todos los huevos — don't use all the eggs (up)
2(llevar)(ropa/alhajas) to wear(perfume) to use(perfume) to wearestos zapatos están sin usar — these shoes are unworn
3Latin America(explotar, manipular)(persona) to useme sentí usada — I felt used
4usar de — to use
1(estar de moda)el fucsia es el color que más se va a usar esta temporada — fuchsia is set to be the in-color this season informal
- cuando se usaba la maxifalda — when long skirts were in fashion
- se usan muchísimo las prendas de cuero — leather clothing is very popular
- ya no se usa hacer fiestas de compromiso — it's not very common to have an engagement party nowadays
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