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Us(e, Ws(e, n.1 Also: uss(e, uce, wsse, wce, uis(e, uys(e, wis, wis(s)e, wys(s, wuse, yues, yous, yz, hus, ous(e, ows. [ME and e.m.E. vs (Ancr. R.) us (Ayenbite), use (c1340), uss (Wyclif), owse (c1425), ws (c1450), usse (1522), AF and OF us, uus, hus, L. usus.]For further examples see Ois(e n.1

1. The act of using something, the employment of a thing for a particular purpose; the continuous or repeated use of an object, etc. Also to make ( … ) use of.(1) 1375 Barb. xvii 252.
Gynnys for crakys had he nane For in Scotland ȝeit than … The ws of thaim had nocht bene sene
c1475 Wall. viii 1259.
Lang ws in wer gert thaim desyr thair will
1490 Irland Mir. II 104/7.
The saule of man in the body has proper operacioun without help wse or ministracioun of the body or ony … organe corporale
1506 Treas. Acc. III 299.
xvj elne chamlot, quhilk wes giffin to Hew Muncreif at Ȝule bipast and nocht enterit than for caus he wes nocht in us tharof
1535 Acts II 345/1.
Our souerane lord … sua that vysis of armys be nocht abusit nor forȝett in tyme of pece ratifyis [etc.]
1546 Reg. Privy C. I 62.
Our Soverane Ladyis liegis ar out of use of armour and wapynnis, be ressoun that na walpynschawingis are made
1571 J. Maitland in Sat. P. xxvii 51.
Freindschip is ay fecfullest afar, And langest will indwir witht lytle daile; I feir witht ws and tyme itt wirk to war
1579, 1617 Despauter (1579).
To ga out of vse
c1580-90 Rules of Health 5.
I prayse and loifis greitlie the vse of cassia
1596 Dalr. I 98/5.
Thay haue verie lytle vse of breid, evin as thay haue of gude beir
1600 Stirling B. Rec. I 96.
To insist and deale with the provest baillies and counsall … [of Perth], for the len and use of the commoun charter and evident granted to the merchandis … to the effect [etc.]
1679 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. MS 10 Dec.
Absolvis Marioune Halliday and Williame Richardsone … from four pence weiklie as for the pryce of ane iron crewk or use therof alledgit borrowit for aucht ȝeres
(b) 1667 Laing MSS 363.
They wear of great yous not manie munthes ago
(2) 1635 Stirling's Royal Lett. II 843.
Yow receaved … his bakband, restrayneing his making further vse of that gift
c1650 Spalding I 220.
The cannonis whiche war at Leith ar deliuerit to the castell of Edinbrugh … as for the ball, thay ar lying still on maid vse of
1657 Balfour Ann. II 97.
All the wooll that was not drapped and made vsse off within the kingdome
1665–7 Lauder Jrnl. 57.
The keetle drume we have from the Germans who makes great use of it
1674 Highland P. I 262.
Because we could not get patent entrie to the said howse, we made use of his Majestie's kies, by stricking at the yeatts and doors thereof with hammers
a1688 Wallace Orkney (1700) 48.
A great deal of marle is found, … of which the husbandman makes good use for mannor
1690 Glasgow B. Rec. III 445.
Ane yaird … at the back of the landmercat, whilk is made use of … be the flesheris

b. A purpose or aim. 1506 Lennox Mun. 179.
The quhilk haill sowme … nocht to be expendyt in nane vthyr vs
1527 Aberd. B. Rec. I 118.
That the mony and proffeit of the said land be put in ferme keping, to the effect of the ouphaldin of the said brig, and nocht to be exponit in vothir vssis
1580 Edinb. B. Rec. IV 175.
Ane hous or librair be maid … quhairin sall be putt in keping the saidis buikis … gevin to the said vse
1596 Dalr. I 258/25.
Quhen this sche had said, with a knyfe, quhilke vnder her claithis sche had hid for that vsse; sche strykes her selfe to the harte
1598 James VI Basil. Doron 153/7.
Foster treu humilitie … considdering ye differ not in stuffe bot in use … from the basest of youre peopill
1600-1610 Melvill 11.
I pronunce heir a curse … from God upon whosoever sall … draw away the commodities thairof from the right use of susteining of the ministerie of God's worschipe
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. i 51b.
Ane lenne may not be … called back againe, vntill the vse be perfited and fulfilled, to the quhilk it was lent
1624 Dumfr. & Galloway Soc. 3 Ser. XXXII 185.
In the sellar ar four brasse pott and ane yron pott, ar for no use, four pans for no use … sum failed barrels
1628 Colquhoun Chart. II 199.
Our bag pyppis … serwit ws to guid wise in the persuit of ane man of warr
1630 Aberd. Council Lett. I 332.
The Lord … blessed and incressed my meanes quhairof least I should prove forgetfull in rendering back a pairt for sacred and pious usses … be thir presents I leave [etc.]
1631 Banff Ann. I 66.
It is ordanit that na indueller … cast, win, nor leid onye fule feall in onye pairt of the said comountie, to onye maner of wse
1638 Protestation of Subscribers of Confession of Faith and Covenant.
What is the use of merch-stones upon borders of lands, the like use hath confessions of faith in the Kirke
1681 Edinb. B. Rec. XI 8.
Incaice the walls of the saids two tinnes courts be to laigh for the uses forsaid then to raise the same to a convenient hight

c. In (to, for, etc.) one's (awne) use(s, to (for, etc.) the use of (a person, etc.), in etc. one's (own) general use or purpose(s. Also, in collocation with profit, etc.(1) sing. 1428 Ayr B. Ct. & Council Bk. MS.
For a clof off irn to the wys [of the kirk] xvj d.
1476 Fam. Innes 82.
Til have had and in oure vis disponit the some of [etc.]
1530 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 106.
Schir Villiem compromittis hyme als meikyll beir as he vyll saw vithin Selkyrk upone gud landis … efter gud us of maillaris
1619 Cranna Fraserburgh 186.
20 merkis to be applyiet to the wyss of the puir or common guid off the Kirk
1625 Sc. N. & Q. VII 122.
Ane plence of copper for the wis of the lerd
(b) 1460 Montrose Baillie Ct. 13a (26 Jan.).
To the comon ws ane halff & the wther halff to hym that the skath is doin to
1466 Reg. Dunferm. 356.
It sall be leissum to me and myn ayris to mak a myln within my said grunde of Gilberstoun till oure awne wsse
a1500 Henr. Practysis 47.
This vntment is rycht ganand for ȝour awin vs
1512 Reg. Privy S. I 365/2.
The kingis hienis infeft him in the saidis landis … efter thai wer recognist and appreciate to the kingis use
1577 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I 44.
Thai serwit him thairto conform to his clame salfand the lyferent of Marioun Reddik his modder vse
1650 Frasers of Philorth II 287.
The annuall rentis … in thee said Alexander his keipin, for my vss
1660 Rothesay B. Rec. 288.
To pay into the use of the towne the soume of tuentie s. of gersmaill
1700 Rothesay Par. Rec. 135.
The common chist made for the poores use
(c) 1620 Perth Kirk S. MS 11 Dec.
[The sessioun] actis hir to pay foure pundeis to the wuse of the pure
(d) 1656 Dunferm. Kirk S. 47.
That the old act granted to umquhile Sir Henry Wardlaw his good yz of his seat in the Kirk … mycht be renewed
pl. 1505 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. II 345.
It salbe lesum to thame to … tak to thar avine vyses alsmeikle of the said annual pensione as the valoue of the said chaplanry sale … extend to
1534 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 145.
This inquest fyndis as it vas occupeit in tyme of Robert Brydin and Robert Bennat to stand in effec and forme to serf thaim bath to thair ussis
1550 Aberd. B. Rec. I 277.
The counsale ordinit all the chaplanis … to … bring with thame … the challesis, vestimentis, and ornamentis thairof … that tha may caus mak inuintour thairof to be keipit to the vsis of the altaragis thairof in tymes cuming
1659 Forbes Baron Ct. 224.
That no tennentis … cast nor leid moir peittis ȝeirlie … nor may … serve thair awin vses
(2) 1481 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III 463.
To nowmer and tel the said some … and gif it in ferme keping to the curate … to the ws and profyte of ws and … our ayris
1657 Rec. Old Aberd. I 94.
The hundreth merkis … left in legacie be … George Clerk … for the vse and vtillatie of the said cittie
1668 Salmon Borrowstounness 70.
To make and keep open the said levell … to the effect that the said compleaner may have the use and benefite thereof for draining of his saids coallworks
(b) 1482 Bamff Chart. 32.
To fill a tyk to thair awne ouse utilite and prophet

d. The practical application or purpose of a religious text, sermon, etc. a1650 Row 53.
Some portion of holie canonick scripture wes opened up and exponed by one of the saids ministers, and another minister did delyver doctrins and uses upon the same text, and some tyme tuo, and some tyme three, speaking by course, would add something, either doctrine, or observations, or uses, to that whilk had bein formerlie spoken
a1658 Durham Blessedness Death (1682) 40.
The affirming of the one implyes and supposes the other, and it might follow on the former doctrine as an use

2. The use of land, property, a resource, etc. as a privilege or right. Also to have or be in use and possessioun of (a right, resource, etc.).Wynt. iv 1970 may be a further example of Wis(e adv.(1) c1420 Wynt. iv 1970.
He may well set before Sylvyr, gold, and all tresore And he may symply wyth that prys Redeme, but mare, his landis wys [C. wisse, W. By him rentis and he be wis] And fayre lordschip tyl hym wyn
1466 (1471) Reg. Great S. 215/1.
The said Jhonne and his airis sall brouke comoun pastour and fewell aucht and wont in all our muris of Downy … hisself and his aieris haffand to the use of it for thare houshald allenarly
1530 Lennox Mun. 235.
The tenentis … had fre wis and pastour on the ground abone writing
1572–3 Reg. Privy C. II 184.
The landis callit Clayfauld … and with the use of the gerse of the medo quhen it is mawin … and all utheris thair pertinentis … as the said Johnnes … infeftment … thairupoun beris
1576 Edinb. Test. IV 162a.
His wyf … to haif the vse … of all his insprecht also
1587 Acts III 508/2.
Thay may cheis to thame selffis within the said burgh … ane convenient place for the vse of wattir to thame and thair servandis and to ane walker and littistair conforme to thair said buik
1627 Bamff Chart. 212.
It is aggreit upone with consent of baith the saidis parteis that the said Johne Reid … salhave the use of the … corne barne for halding and labouring of his cornes
1649 Conv. Burghs III 344.
That the poor sall have the vs of the money ay and quhill the richt owner clame the same
(2) 1519 Reg. Episc. Morav. App. 391.
The landis of Auchquortheis to have siclik wys and possession of pastoring [etc.]
1547 Aberd. B. Rec. I 250.
In the quhilk priuilege … we and our predecessouris is and hes bene in vse and possessioun of, past all mannis memore levand
1522–3 Edinb. B. Rec. I 212.
Quhar thai haue bene in continuall vse and possessione of bying and selling … with men of weir that cummis in thair Firth
1556 Aberd. B. Rec. I 296.
He and Schir Johnne Fyff … war in vse, and possessioun of paiment, and vptaking of ane yeirlie annuel rent of xl d. wsuall money of Scotlande off ane land liand in the Grene
a1578 Pitsc. I 164/19.
To keip them selffis in possessioun of the rowmes and rentis quhilk they war in wse and possessioun affoir of wptaking thairof
(3) 1681 Stair Inst. ii vi § 1.
The Roman law divideth personal servitudes into usufruct, use, and habitation

3. The practice of a religious rite or ceremony, esp. the sacraments. 1490 Irland Mir. III 32/20.
Jhesus has nocht institut … the sacramentis … that the man knaw quhow thai ar ordand … and institut bot to that ende that be vse applicacioun and wertu of thame the man resaue wertu & grace
1560 Bk. Disc. 190.
The nomber, effect, and use of the sacraments
1561 Q. Kennedy Compendious Ressonyng (ed.) 158/33.
The sacrifice of the mes … be the vse of the quhilk we ar maid parttakaris of the fructe of the deyth and passioun of Jesus Christ
1580 Facs. Nat. MSS III lxx.
The nature, number and wse of the holie sacramentis

4. The use of a person or (part of the) body for sexual purposes. 1490 Irland Mir. I 66/31.
The gret filth, that is now in that operacioune, suld nocht haue bene than, na schame mare of thai membris nore thar wse, na is now of seing ore hering
1572 Buch. Detect. (1727) 41.
Was it, that he knawing himself lykewise gyltie of adulterie on his part micht the mair willingly beir with ane partner in use of his wyfe?
1662 Trials for Witchcraft in Soc. Ant. XXII 232.
Ye confessed that Sathan had the use of your bodie, and that his bodie was heavy and cold

5. The ability to use a faculty. c1420 Ratis R. 226.
Quhill thow art ȝonge, With wordis of lawte vs thy twnge, Sua that thow may … Haf that vs but defykiltee
1554 Crim. Trials I i 363.
Johne Lord Borthuik, prolocutour … allegit that he sall nocht be put to the knaulege of ane assise for the allegit slauchter … becaus the tyme of the committing thairof … the said Jasper hes bene furious and wantand the vse of resoune
1563–4 Crim. Trials I i 437.
He … hurte and woundit the said Jhone … and dememberit him of ane pece of his neise quhairthrow he wantis the rycht vse thairof

b. The opportunity to practise a profession. 1615 Melrose P. 210.
The punishment to proceid na farder, bot in directioun to the archiebischoppe, his ordinar, to suspend him hallie for certane space, fra all use of his calling

6. The customary behaviour of an individual, conduct. b. Applied to a person's handwriting. c1420 Wynt. v 3030.
He had all tyme a comowne ws Till dysheryd the nobill-men
1456 Hay II 159/19.
And sa the Sarraȝene sperit at the Jowe quhat lay he lyvit apon; and quha was his God and quhat was his us
a1500 Henr. Fab. 2233.
His vse wes ay in morning to ryse air
1589 Glasgow B. Rec. I 135.
[Andrew Wilsoun made burgers gratis] be ressone of the vse and plasour he schew to the tounes hagbutteris in thair passage … north
1600-1610 Melvill 19.
I was giffen to a bernlie evill and dangerus use of pyking
b. 1528–9 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 97 (see Writ(e n. 5 a (b)).

7. The habit, custom or practice of a group, community, etc., established procedure in law, religion, etc.; tradition. Also, to have or make use, to have the habit, make a practice (of doing something).(1) c1420 Wynt. ii 376 (W).
In till Egipt … That vys [R. lawch] is kepit to this day
a1500 Henr. Fab. 1153.
By the vse, and cours, and commoun style On this maner [he] maid his citatioun
a1500 Prestis of Peblis 1074.
Than euil won gude to gar men giue agane Thar may be na war vse now in ane
1503–4 Treas. Acc. II 423.
For ane portuous of Rome us to the King, xvj s. … for ane mes buke of the us of Sarum, xxx s.
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 119/22.
The change of warld fro weill to wo The honourable use is all ago In hall and bour, in burgh and plane
c1520-c1535 Nisbet Matth. ix 13 marg.
1524 Carnwath Baron Ct. (SHS) 25.
The inquiest … ordanis thaim to … keip the use of the heid browch baith of met & mesour of breid & aill
1529 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. 309.
[He is going to France … ] to leire the use of merchandice
1549 Lamb Resonyng 43/18.
This slauchtir … is pruvit be ane vikit wse obseruit betuix the bordouris bayth of Ingland and Scotland, quhen for dredour of justice thai caus quietlie outlandismen for to rub or slay thair awin nychtbouris
a1570-86 Maitl. F. 193/1.
The vse of court so weill I knaw
1588 Lanark B. Rec. 92.
For the perfurmens of thair ancient and yeirlie accustomit wsse … in ryding of thair merchis
1604 James VI Tobacco 85/30.
The vile vse (or rather abuse) of taking tobacco
1617 Reg. Great S. 585/1.
Cum potestate … exercendi lie trade et traffick mercandorum, et emendi, vendendi, lie blok, cop et use omnia genera mercandorum
(2) 1502–3 Aberd. B. Rec. in Mill Mediæv. Plays 118.
Thai pretendit thame to … pas in the place of the processione quhare the talȝouris had vys to pas tymes bigane
1531–2 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 121.
That na man fra this yeir furtht schuyll ony muk in the ester pull, bot gef the vatter ane fre passaige quhar it had us effor
1560 Rolland Seven S. 915.
The sparhalk is als swyft of flicht As the griffoun, and … Will catche asweill sic birdis as scho hes vse As the griffoun will catche to him ane guse
1622-6 Bisset II 240/3.
Except they have maid ane use to begyle merchandis throw malice and manefest fraude

b. Without article, chiefly in phrases, as use ( … ) is, etc., chiefly parenthetic = as is customary; to be in use to (of), to be accustomed to, be in the habit of, also with non-personal subject. Also, once, with article, to be the use.(1) 1472 Prestwick B. Rec. 20.
The said Cristiane gaf hir gret aitht to be leill and trew to the profit of the said burghe … as vs of burgesry aw to be maide
a1500 Henr. Fab. 786.
Vse drawis nature swa in propertie Of beist and man, that neidlingis thay man do, As thay of lang tyme hes bene hantit to
c1515 Asl. MS I 199/20.
I sall schaw ȝow how ȝe lerit ȝoure curtasy … quhar throw ȝe lerit & was brocht in vse of all ȝour fair flattering langage & subtell deidis and contenewis thairin
1533 Bell. Livy I 154/12.
It come in vse to sell ȝerelie the gudis of Porsena with inimite
1550 Boyd Fam. P. No. 29 (22 Dec.).
Thretty tua bollis victall … to be payit as vs of ferme to gyder with the half profeit of orchard of Pemont [etc.]
1565 Reg. Privy C. I 332.
Undirstanding the privilegis of the Scottis merchantis … to decay and pas furth of use in the partis of Flanderis
1570 Inverness Rec. I 196.
All thir personis ar admittit to sell small chrymerie and wse of merchandice
1573 Davidson in Sat. P. xlii 260.
Vse wald perfytnes mak but moir
1586 Linlithgow B. Ct. 28 June.
And thair in my name … be stalf and bastoun or be vse of burgh simpliciter resigne … All and haill the foirsaid tenement of land
1604 Shetland Sheriff Ct. (ed.) 110.
That Arthour in Skeldberrie hes failyeit in bigging upe of his dykis according to use of nychbourheid
1622-6 Bisset I 296/12.
[The defender shall] allege that the … stanis burne or uthir merches ar in uthir places … and that hes bene ay weill knawin in the cuntrie and be commoun use commoun voice and fame
(2) 1494 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 53.
Johnne of Wallud sargand proclamyt at the tolbutht dur at the command of the balye the proclamacione as wce is
1494 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 54.
Thai wald gif … possessione to the forsaid Schir Andro and he present befor thame erd and stane lauchkfully as ws of burghe is
1518 Aberd. B. Rec. I 95.
Sextene d. in likwis [supra of Sanct Nicholes braid], as vs was to be gevin to Sir Androw Cup, his predecessour
1522 Dumfr. & Galloway Soc. 75 (30 April).
That the barnis & ayris of the said vmquhill John Reid browk that samyn as vce in burgh is
1525 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 224.
The quhilk resignatioun the saidis patronis admittit as vse is in sic caissis
1534–5 Orkney & Shetl. Rec. 67.
The sayd James payand thaime tharfor as wisse wes and is in the cuntre
1549 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I 434.
Taxit of samekill mailyng within the barrony as vse euer hes beyne in tyme bygane
1553 Prestwick B. Rec. 62.
Jonat Simsone, dochter to … Johne Simsone, asket at the balyeis … to entir the said Jonet, & Agnes Simsone nerrest airis lachtful to the said Johne Simsone, as ws & lach of burch is
1558-66 Knox II 76.
The Parliament sall be contyneuit, as use is, unto the fyrst day … of August
1596 Sc. Hist. Rev. XX 80.
Be delyvering to him mwld & stane vpon the ground of the samen landis as vse is
1643 Carnock Kirk S. in Row xxiv.
The parichoneris, that culd not subscryve themselfes, subscryvit be Jhone Anderson, notar-publik … tuiching his pen with thair handis, as the use is
a1650 Row 7.
A frier teaching in that kirk on a Sabbath day in the tyme of Lentron (as the use was then)
1697 Jedburgh Fleshers' Book MS.
[He] has payed all dewes as use is
(b) 1561 Inverness Rec. I 56.
The prowest balyes and consell … grantis … to the sade craft full plane power to creat thair dekinis and officemen amangis tham as ows was
(3) 1504 Liber Melros 601.
That the said schirref was in vse of calling of the said landis … in thare courtis
1566 Reg. Privy C. I 492.
The personis of Glasgow hes alwayis bene in use to furneis breid
1581 Reg. Privy C. III 399.
They wer nevir in use of setting of new takkis befoir the expyring of the auld
1627 Rep. Parishes 8.
My parishiners because being maillmen and in wsse to pay for the teindis
1647 Falkirk Baron Ct. 5 Oct.
The defender confest that he was in vse of peyment of annelrent for bothe the saidis sowmes
1683 Coll. Aberd. & B. 100.
We are not in use of eating any of these fowls
1690 Rec. Univ. Aberd. 363.
They desyred him to produce his dictats, which he wes in use to teach the students
1602 Shetland Sheriff Ct. (ed.) 18.
The bankis quhair the scheip is in use to be keipit
1627 Rep. Parishes 17.
The landis of Chouslie hes not bein in vse to be set but is in mainsing
1656 Conv. Burghs III 429.
All Scottis goodis that hes bein in vs to be transported furth of this nation, such as skyn, hyd [etc.] … and for the present cannot be imployed in Scotland, may be transported as formerlie
a1578 Pitsc. II 108/10.
The Frinchemen … and the Dutchmen, wald nocht follow thame … because they was not the wse to chase [I. it was not the ordour to chase] men bot gif they fled in ane feild

c. In collocation with consuetude, custom, wont, customary procedure, regular practice. See Consuetud(e n., Custom(e n., Custum(e n. and Wont n. c. for further examples.Examples with wont occur chiefly in adverbial use with or without as = as is customary.(1) 1402 Reg. Panmure II 184.
The lonyng … to be on the west half of Petconraye in use and costom as it was usyte in auld tyme
1446 Reg. Episc. Brechin. I 106.
The said land of Caldhame … aw of law and uis and custum of it to the said lord and his courtis soit and seruice thris in the ȝeir
1446 Reg. Episc. Brechin. I 107.
For wis and custum that ay hes beine befoir til al the foirsaid thingis
1456 Hay I 277/34.
The countre party sais agayne that it is a commoun us and custume in mannis lawe
1576–7 Orkney Oppress. 16.
It was the auld vse and custome of Zetland … that thair was ane discreit man of ilk paroche, … callit the lawrichtman, quha [etc.]
1622-6 Bisset I 301/5.
As use and custome is within the kinrik of Scotland
(2) 1476 Acta Aud. 51/2.
1520 Fife Sheriff Ct. 170.
It hes bene the wsse & consuetud of the realme to execute summondis
1540 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. II 99.
That thay and ilk ane of thame compeir euerilk Mertymes … and pay thair xij d. in the tolbuith, conforme to thair rentell and to auld vse and consuetude thairof
1547–8 Orkney & Shetl. Rec. I 118.
Possessioun … gevin be stane and muyld eftir the vse, consuetud, and rite of the cuntre
1559 Rec. Kinloss Mon. 150.
Be the law ws or consuetude of the realme
1572–3 Canongate Ct. Bk. 434.
It hes bene the use and consuetud observit within this burgh
1577 Soc. Ant. XXVI 205.
Quhilk lawrichtman of auld use and consuetude was ane necessar officiar in everie severale yle and paroche of the cuntrie
(3) 1491–2 Acta Conc. I 216/2.
That thai eik na covbille for the said fischingis bot as vse & wont wes of before
1519–20 Stirling B. Rec. I 2.
The watter of Forcht was set to Alexander Murra … for xv merkis, to be pait as ws and wount
1522 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 7.
That Johne Burne sall stand content of all ws and vont of five inch of aise drop
1527 Wigtown B. Ct. 178a.
The common hevine sal haf siklik pament as the ald ovs & vont eftir the tenour of the ald akis
1527 Wigtown B. Ct. 207a.
Half amark of annvell of the hayll tennement of the lochand more payand to the commvnyte hus and vont
1527 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 155.
Ane seriand and officiar of the said burgh [to] pas to the dur of the tolbutht and plas ws and wount to sit for ministracione of justice
1529 Sutherland Bk. III 93.
1535 Stewart 9753.
The leg harnes in to the formast front … as then wes vse and wont
1537 Edinb. Hammermen 3.
Quha of the saidis masteris happynnis nocht to pay his saidis deuteis as vse is & wynt
1593 Reg. Great S. 803/2.
All liberteis within the samyn conforme to the auld use and wount
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. i 43b.
He craues onelie na other service, bot vse and wont
1639 Spalding I 221.
It wes never his Majesteis royall fatheris vse and wont to do so wnto us
1697 Glasgow B. Rec. IV 240.
The roupe of the tounes common goods upon the samen, conforme to use and wont

8. attrib. With -maker, -making. 1687 Newton Community Bk. 4.
That none … make wse of any malt or brow the samyne within the burgh, … wnder the penalty of fyve poundis toties quoties … to be peyed … be the wsemaker thairof
1635 Dickson Wr. 14.
That ye may stand in awe to sin, and may not be drawn from use-making of his mercy
a1658 Durham Comm. Rev. 61.
We … shall say somewhat particularly to writing, and the peoples use-making thereof
a1658 Durham Comm. Rev. 583.
So it differeth from the use-making of the key of discipline

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