Translation of usar in English:

usar

to use, v.

transitive verb

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    • 1.1(emplear, utilizar)

      to use
      ¿cómo se usa esta calculadora? how does this calculator work?
      • es una expresión poco usada it's not an expression that's used a lot
      • 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

      (instalaciones/servicio) to use
      hay una excelente biblioteca pero nadie la usa there's an excellent library but nobody uses it / nobody makes use of it

    • 1.3(consumir)

      (ingredientes/producto/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)
    (alhajas/ropa) to wear
    (perfume) to use
    (perfume) to wear
    estos zapatos están sin usar these shoes have never been worn
  • 3Latin America

    (explotar, manipular)
    (persona) to use
    me sentí usada I felt used
  • 4

    usar de to use

pronominal verb

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    el fucsia es el color que más se va a usar esta temporada fuchsia is set to be the in-color this season
    • 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