Use (Verb) - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Use (Verb)

[ 1,,G5531, chraomai ]
from chre, it is necessary," denotes
(a) "to use," Acts 27:17; 1 Corinthians 7:21, where "use it rather" means "use your bondservice rather;" 1 Corinthians 7:31, where "they that use (this world)" is followed by the strengthened form katachraomai, rendered "abusing," or "using to the full" (RV, marg.); 1 Corinthians 9:12, 1 Corinthians 9:15; 2 Corinthians 1:17; 2 Corinthians 3:12; 2 Corinthians 13:10; 1 Timothy 1:8, of "using" the Law lawfully, i.e., agreeably to its designs; 1 Timothy 5:23;
(b) "deal with," Acts 27:3. See ENTREAT (to treat). Cp. the Active chrao (or kichremi), "to lend," Luke 11:5. See LEND.

[ 2,,G2192, echo ]
"to have," is rendered "using" in 1 Peter 2:16 (marg., "having"); See HAVE.

[ 3,,G390, anastrepho ]
chiefly denotes "to behave, to live in a certain manner," rendered "(were so) used" in Hebrews 10:33 (Passive Voice); the verb, however, does not mean "to treat or use;" here it has the significance of "living amidst sufferings, reproaches," etc. See ABIDE, BEHAVE, LIVE, OVERTHROW, PASS, RETURN.


(1) In Acts 19:19, AV, prasso, "to practice" (RV), is rendered "used."

(2) For Hebrews 5:13, AV, "useth (milk)," See PARTAKE, B, No. 3.

(3). In 1 Thessalonians 2:5, "were we found using" is the rendering of the verb ginomai, "to become," with the preposition en, "in," governing the noun, "words (or speech) [of flattery];" this idiomatic phrase signifies "to be engaged in, to resort to." A rendering close to the meaning of the Greek is "for neither at any time did we fall into the use of flattering speech;" cp. 1 Timothy 2:14, "fallen into transgression."

(4) "To use" is combined in Eng. with other words, e.g., DECEIT, DESPITEFULLY, HOSPITALITY, REPETITIONS.

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