Definition of In use

1. Adjective. (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). "Kept getting a busy signal"

Exact synonyms: Busy, Engaged
Similar to: Occupied
Derivative terms: Busyness



2. Adjective. Currently being used. "Robots are in use throughout industry"
Similar to: Used

Definition of In use

1. Adjective. currently being used ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of In Use

in tune
in turn
in twain
in two days
in two minds
in two shakes
in two shakes of a cow's tail
in two shakes of a dog's tail
in two shakes of a duck's tail
in two shakes of a lamb's tail
in two ways
in twos
in unison
in unity there is strength
in ure
in use (current term)
in use(p)
in utero
in vacuo
in vain
in view
in view of
in vino veritas
in virtue of
in vitro
in vitro fertilisation
in vivo
in vivo fertilization
in vogue(p)

Literary usage of In use

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1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The cross-bow did not go out of use in the French army till the 17th century. Among the other hand-arms in use before the invention of gunpowder were the ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1888)
"S. time when not in use, and used the same for making up and shifting its freight trains (except in so far as was reasonably necessary in connection with ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by United States Supreme Court, Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1901)
"An invention of the kind might be in use and no burglarious attempt be ever made to enter the safe, and it might be said that the use of the invention was ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"the education of the child easier, will make it vastly more difficult, because it will then be necessary to teach the old system, which will persist in use, ..."

5. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"The »ni w"4««- following table shows the number of woollen factories in England and Wales, the number of spindles and of power looms in use, ..."

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