use up

  1. require (time or space)
    It took three hours to get to work this morning
    This event occupied a very short time
  2. use up (resources or materials)
    They run through 20 bottles of wine a week
    this car consumes a lot of gas
    We exhausted our savings
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How To Use use up In A Sentence

  • Plantations of exotic non-native trees use up large quantities of water, which can have adverse affects on natural habitats.
  • Likewise, among Christians it has long been conventional to use uppercase Orthodox as a term distinguishing the Christianity that shared forms of liturgy and theology rooted in the Byzantine, or Greek-speaking, part of the Roman Empire from those who took a separate path in the West. Jewschool
  • He wanted a quiet retreat to build his house upon and concentrate on his work.
  • Closer to home, I use up any under-ripe fruit in a cinnamon crumble as a treat for the children.
  • My mother, being a superhero in disguise, has decorated the house up all beautifully and put together an amazing spread of all my favourite foods. (shrimp, Brie cheese and other yummies).
  • I devised these flowery egg cosies to use up oddments of yarn that I had dyed.
  • The crowd of Republican delegates, who had been quite generous with their applause up until that point, sat there in stony silence. The Volokh Conspiracy » Is Stimulus Funding Political?
  • Baking it helped me use up some things I might not otherwise have used for a while, like raw flaked almonds and condensed milk.
  • The move is expected to cause uproar from trade unions. Computing
  • Don't let yesterday use up too much of today. Will Rogers 
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