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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 utilises
Historical Examples
  • It does not appear to construct burrows, but utilises those of Mice.

  • Whenever the composer has a chance he utilises it with rare skill.

    The Opera R.A. Streatfeild
  • The steam-engine is said to be a very imperfect machine which wastes more power than it utilises.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren
  • Whether the bannik ever utilises the opportunity thus offered him of enjoying a comfortable scrub, tradition does not say.

    The Romance of the Woods F. J. Whishaw
  • The Indian swift, however, utilises all manner of material by way of economising its saliva.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • In this as in other instances religion only utilises the ordinary qualities of human nature.

    Religion & Sex Chapman Cohen
  • But hesitating as appears Bergeret, he utilises his wife's treachery as a springboard from which to fly his miserable household.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • Little knew Shakespeare of man's perfect power of motion which utilises all energy!

    James Watt Andrew Carnegie
  • Hume informs us the rufous-fronted wren-warbler (Franklinia buchanani) utilises a fungus as its cement.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • The sugar refinery near Sofia utilises the whole crop for local consumption.

British Dictionary definitions for utilises


(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 utilises


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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