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[yoot-l-ahyz] /ˈyut lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), utilized, utilizing.
to put to use; turn to profitable account:
to utilize a stream to power a mill.
Also, especially British, utilise.
Origin of utilize
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)
See use. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for utilise
Historical Examples
  • Women have to learn to utilise every advantage of their nature, not one side only.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • They are studies that I intend to utilise in a large picture I am preparing.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • They have been helped on all sides, but they will not utilise their advantages.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • For this reason it is best to utilise the centre of the field only.

    On Laboratory Arts Richard Threlfall
  • A strong, healthy-minded man could not utilise her best qualities.

    Doctor Luttrell's First Patient

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • There is no other profession which is so able to absorb and utilise talents of every description.

  • Taking Berkeley simply as an instance, I will utilise him a little further.

    Mental Efficiency Arnold Bennett
  • These facts I will recognise; these appliances I will utilise.

    The Giant of the North R.M. Ballantyne
  • He can utilise but he cannot dominate it, for he has not discovered its source.

    Reincarnation Th. Pascal
  • I do not want to destroy the creatures if we cannot utilise the oil.

    Steve Young George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for utilise


(transitive) to make practical or worthwhile use of
Derived Forms
utilizable, utilisable, adjective
utilization, utilisation, noun
utilizer, utiliser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for utilise


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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