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usar / to use
A. -transitive verb
1. (=utilizar)
[+aparato, transporte, sustancia, expresiónoun]   to use
·nounólo usan el coche cuando salen al campo
·they only use the car when they go to the country
·estánoun dispuestos a usar la violencia para defender sus ideas
·they are prepared to use o resort to violence to defend their ideas
·la maleta está sin usar
·the suitcase has never been used
·esta herramienta ha de usarse con sumo cuidado
·this tool must be used with great care
·no nouné usar este teléfono
·I don't know how to use this telephone
·no olvide usar el cinturónoun de seguridad
·don't forget to wear your seat belt
a. usar algo/a somebody, someone [como] =   to use something/somebody as
·lo usaron como conejillo de indias
·they used him as a guinea pig
b. de usar y [tirar]   [envase, producto]   disposable
·literatura que algunos llaman de "usar y tirar"
·so-called "pulp fiction"
2. (=llevar)
[+ropa, perfume]   to wear
·el pañuelo que usan los palestinos
·the scarf worn by the Palestinians
·esos pantalones estánoun sin usar
·these trousers have not been worn
·¿qué nounúmero usa?
·what size do you take?
3. (=soler)
·usar hacer algo
·to be in the habit of doing something
B. -intransitive verb
a. usar [de]
[+derecho, poder]   to exercise
·usar del derecho al voto
·to exercise one'noun right to vote,   use one'noun vote
C.   -pronominal verb   to be worn
·la chistera ya no se usa
·top hats are not worn nowadays,   no one wears top hats nowadays
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged and Audio Headword Pronunciation (Spanish) 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co Ltd. 1971,1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992,1993,1996,1997,2000,2003,2005.
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