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utilize

[yoot-l-ahyz] /ˈyut lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), utilized, utilizing.
1.
to put to use; turn to profitable account:
to utilize a stream to power a mill.
Also, especially British, utilise.
Origin of utilize
1800-1810
1800-10; < French utiliser, equivalent to utile useful (see utile) + -iser -ize
Related forms
utilizable, adjective
utilization, noun
utilizer, noun
half-utilized, adjective
misutilization, noun
nonutilization, noun
nonutilized, adjective
overutilization, noun
overutilize, verb (used with object), overutilized, overutilizing.
preutilizable, adjective
preutilization, noun
preutilize, verb (used with object), preutilized, preutilizing.
quasi-utilized, adjective
reutilization, noun
reutilize, verb (used with object), reutilized, reutilizing.
underutilized, adjective
unutilizable, adjective
unutilized, adjective
well-utilized, adjective
Can be confused
use, usage, utilize (see usage note at usage; see synonym study at use)
Synonyms
See use.
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  • My mechanics knew that I should probably not allow such a favorable moment to go by unutilized.

    The Red Battle Flyer Capt. Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen
  • Fields could continue to perish of drought while nearby rivers continued to pour their unutilized waters into the sea!

    The Torrent Vicente Blasco Ibaez
  • The protracted inactivity on the battlefronts of Italy had allowed the hospital to remain for many months unutilized.

    Idling in Italy Joseph Collins
  • Mrs. Morris's unutilized dimple kept itself busy to the point of positive fatigue.

    Bylow Hill George Washington Cable
  • We have nothing historically new to offer, though the principle we are to mention is practically unknown or at least unutilized.

    The Booklover and His Books Harry Lyman Koopman
British Dictionary definitions for unutilized

utilize

/ˈjuːtɪˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to make practical or worthwhile use of
Derived Forms
utilizable, utilisable, adjective
utilization, utilisation, noun
utilizer, utiliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for unutilized

utilize

1807, from French utiliser, from Italian utilizzare, from utile "usable," from Latin utilis "usable," from uti (see use (v.)).

Utilize is fast antiquating improve, in the sense of 'turn to account.' [Fitzedward Hall, "Modern English," 1873]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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