use (n.) Old form(s): vse , vses
usual practice, habit, custom
3H6 I.iv.117[York to Queen] thy face is ... / Made impudent with use of evil deeds
Ham I.ii.134[Hamlet alone] How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable / Seem to me all the uses of this world!
Ham III.iv.164[Hamlet to Gertrude] the use of actions fair and good
Ham III.iv.169[Hamlet to Gertrude] For use almost can change the stamp of nature
JC II.ii.25[Calphurnia to Caesar, of the night's events] these things are beyond all use
JC III.i.265[Antony alone] Blood and destruction shall be so in use
Mac I.iii.136[Macbeth to himself, of his imaginings] make my seated heart knock at my ribs / Against the use of nature
MM I.iv.62[Lucio to Isabella, of Angelo] He, to give fear to use and liberty ... hath picked out an act
MM III.ii.120[Lucio to disguised Duke, of the Duke and female beggars] his use was to put a ducat in her clack-dish
MV IV.i.265[Antonio to Bassanio, of Fortune] it is still her use / To let the wretched man outlive his wealth
Oth IV.i.276.2[Lodovico to Iago, of Othello striking Desdemona] Is it his use?
Oth IV.iii.103[Desdemona to Emilia] God me such uses send, / Not to pick bad from bad, but by bad mend! [i.e. ways of behaving] [F; Q1 usage]
R3 IV.iv.230[Queen Elizabeth to King Richard] still use of grief makes wild grief tame
Sonn.78.3[] every alien pen hath got my use
TG V.iv.1[Valentine alone] How use doth breed a habit in a man!
Tim I.i.285.1[Second Lord to First Lord, of Timon] no gift to him / But breeds the giver a return exceeding / All use of quittance [also: normal interest payment]
Tim V.i.26[Painter to Poet] in the plainer and simpler kind of people the deed of saying is quite out of use [i.e. the carrying out of a promise is not fashionable]
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