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"Uso" is a noun which is often translated as "use", and "utilización" is a noun which is also often translated as "use". Learn more about the difference between "uso" and "utilización" below.
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (employment)
a. use
El uso excesivo de las computadoras puede dañar la vista.The excessive use of computers can damage your eyesight.
2. (purpose)
a. use
Esta herramienta fue diseñada específicamente para uso industrial.This tool was designed specifically for industrial use.
3. (linguistics)
a. usage
El examen tomará en cuenta el uso del lenguaje.The exam will take language usage into account.
4. (practice)
a. custom
Me gusta aprender sobre los usos y tradiciones en otros países.I like to learn about the customs and traditions in other countries.
5. (habitual use)
a. wear
Esos zapatos no son de uso diario.Those shoes aren't for everyday wear.
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utilización
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (employment)
a. use
Queda prohibida la utilización de cámaras durante el concierto.The use of cameras during the concert is forbidden.
b. utilization
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
Una eficaz utilización de los fondos públicos es crucial para el proyecto de viviendas.Effective utilization of public funds is critical to the housing project.
2. (exploitation)
a. harnessing
La gente exige una utilización sostenible de los recursos naturales del país.People demand sustainable harnessing of the country's natural resources.
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