use-v; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: apply or employ something for a purpose

Commentary: Syntax is: NP[agent] USE NP[instrument] PP[purpose]

Don't use a natural bristle brush with latex paint.
He used Sally to land that job.
The defense will use the argument of self defense.
Mary uses her pawns well in chess offense strategies.
Options can be used as a hedge against unfavorable stock price movements.

VerbNet: fit-54.3,use-105.1
FrameNet: Using,Intentionally_affect
PropBank: use.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 4, 5

Sense Number 2: consume or ingest,usually habitually

Commentary: Syntax is: NP1 USE NP2

John used cocaine on the job.
Can those athletes use steroids legally?
Mary is using birth control pills.

VerbNet: eat-39.1-3
FrameNet: Ingest_substance
PropBank: use.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: expend a quantity

Commentary: Syntax is: NP USE (ADJ)[quant] NOUN
NOTE: implies NOUN decreases, disappears over time. Includes: USE UP

Please don't use all the toothpaste.
The commitee used all their time discussing the rezoning issue, and nothing else.
That rocket will use more oxygen during liftoff than you'll breathe in a lifetime.
As the battery is used up, its output voltage falls.
Those meetings used up three hours of my time.

VerbNet: consume-66
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: use.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
use_up 1, 2

Sense Number 4: act customarily or regularly

Commentary: Syntax is: NP1 USED to V1 NP2

We used to surf in Santa Cruz.
He used to have a drinking problem.
Her cat used to scratch the draperies.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: use.03
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6