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 for In use
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Use \Use\, n. [OE. us use, usage, L. usus, from uti, p. p. usus,
     to use. See Use, v. t.]
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     1. The act of employing anything, or of applying it to one's
        service; the state of being so employed or applied;
        application; employment; conversion to some purpose; as,
        the use of a pen in writing; his machines are in general
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              Books can never teach the use of books. --Bacon.
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              This Davy serves you for good uses.   --Shak.
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              When he framed
              All things to man's delightful use.   --Milton.
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     2. Occasion or need to employ; necessity; as, to have no
        further use for a book. --Shak.
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     3. Yielding of service; advantage derived; capability of
        being used; usefulness; utility.
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              God made two great lights, great for their use
              To man.                               --Milton.
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              'T is use alone that sanctifies expense. --Pope.
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     4. Continued or repeated practice; customary employment;
        usage; custom; manner; habit.
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              Let later age that noble use envy.    --Spenser.
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              How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable,
              Seem to me all the uses of this world! --Shak.
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     5. Common occurrence; ordinary experience. [R.]
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              O Caesar! these things are beyond all use. --Shak.
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     6. (Eccl.) The special form of ritual adopted for use in any
        diocese; as, the Sarum, or Canterbury, use; the Hereford
        use; the York use; the Roman use; etc.
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              From henceforth all the whole realm shall have but
              one use.                              --Pref. to
                                                    Book of Common
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     7. The premium paid for the possession and employment of
        borrowed money; interest; usury. [Obs.]
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              Thou art more obliged to pay duty and tribute, use
              and principal, to him.                --Jer. Taylor.
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     8. [In this sense probably a corruption of OF. oes, fr. L.
        opus need, business, employment, work. Cf. Operate.]
        (Law) The benefit or profit of lands and tenements. Use
        imports a trust and confidence reposed in a man for the
        holding of lands. He to whose use or benefit the trust is
        intended shall enjoy the profits. An estate is granted and
        limited to A for the use of B.
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     9. (Forging) A stab of iron welded to the side of a forging,
        as a shaft, near the end, and afterward drawn down, by
        hammering, so as to lengthen the forging.
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     Contingent use, or Springing use (Law), a use to come
        into operation on a future uncertain event.
     In use.
        (a) In employment; in customary practice observance.
        (b) In heat; -- said especially of mares. --J. H. Walsh.
     Of no use, useless; of no advantage.
     Of use, useful; of advantage; profitable.
     Out of use, not in employment.
     Resulting use (Law), a use, which, being limited by the
        deed, expires or can not vest, and results or returns to
        him who raised it, after such expiration.
     Secondary use, or Shifting use, a use which, though
        executed, may change from one to another by circumstances.
     Statute of uses (Eng. Law), the stat. 27 Henry VIII., cap.
        10, which transfers uses into possession, or which unites
        the use and possession.
     To make use of, To put to use, to employ; to derive
        service from; to use.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  in use
      adj 1: (of facilities such as telephones or lavatories)
             unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating
             unavailability; (`engaged' is a British term for a busy
             telephone line); "her line is busy"; "receptionists'
             telephones are always engaged"; "the lavatory is in use";
             "kept getting a busy signal" [syn: busy, engaged, in
      2: currently being used; "robots are in use throughout industry"

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