- noun1 way/amount that sth is usedADJECTIVE▪ heavy, high▪
high energy usage▪ low▪ normal▪
With normal usage, the equipment should last at least five years.▪ increased▪ widespread▪ drug▪
Drug usage by teenagers has increased in recent years.▪ electricity, energy, fuel, power, water▪ computer, email, Internet, Web▪ cellphone (AmE), mobile-phone (BrE)▪ condomVERB + USAGE▪ increase▪ reduce▪ restrict▪ monitor, track▪ measureUSAGE + VERB▪ go up, grow, increase▪ drop, go downUSAGE + NOUN▪ pattern▪ level, rate▪ data, informationPREPOSITION▪ usage of▪
Usage of computers in schools is increasing.2 way that words are usedADJECTIVE▪ common, everyday, general, normal, ordinary, popular▪
That word is no longer in common usage.▪ contemporary, current, modern▪
a book on current English usage▪ actual▪
Actual usage of the word is different from the meaning given in the dictionary.▪ correct, proper▪ American, English, etc.▪ language, linguistic, word▪ colloquial▪ figurativeVERB + USAGE▪ come into, enter▪
The term ‘ecotourism’ entered common usage in the 1990s.PREPOSITION▪ in usage▪
The word has a slightly different meaning in popular usage.PHRASES▪ pattern of usage▪
Dictionaries show typical patterns of usage.
Collocations dictionary. 2013.