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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
  • This also provides a check on the apparatus and can be utilised to check the operators.

    Chlorination of Water Joseph Race
  • They say nearly all the ground available round our towns has already been utilised.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • These times may be utilised for lighter subjects and for such manual work as does not need great physical exertion.

    Youth and Sex Mary Scharlieb and F. Arthur Sibly
  • They utilised the old Himyaritic columns to build their mosques.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • Then he utilised this added power to move a pen whereby the signals were recorded automatically upon a piece of paper.

  • This fact is utilised in the separation and estimation of the two alkalies.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • All these things Henslowe knew, and all these things he utilised.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The reports for 1893 are at present too few to be utilised for this table.

    Experiments on Animals Stephen Paget
  • The funds thus raised are utilised for three kinds of credit— Simple loans; current accounts; property transfers.

    Readings in Money and Banking Chester Arthur Phillips
  • This momentum of water is utilised by engineers in the "water-ram."

    The Ether of Space Oliver Lodge
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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