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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 utilised
Historical Examples
  • The same principle was utilised in his type-printing telegraph, patented in 1841.

  • They say nearly all the ground available round our towns has already been utilised.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • Hardly anything valuable of the preceding regime could be utilised.

    Bulgaria Frank Fox
  • All these things Henslowe knew, and all these things he utilised.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • He utilised the opportunity of this enforced stay to visit the hospital.

    From Jungle to Java Arthur Keyser
  • utilised because of adhesive qualities for throwing at a target as darts.

    Norman Ten Hundred

    A. Stanley Blicq
  • In fig. 104, it is the diagonal lines only that are utilised for the pattern.

  • They utilised the old Himyaritic columns to build their mosques.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • This fact is utilised in the separation and estimation of the two alkalies.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • Hence this reaction can be utilised for certain of the ptomaines only.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
British Dictionary definitions for utilised


(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 utilised


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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