- to put to use; turn to profitable account: to utilize a stream to power a mill.
Also especially British, u·ti·lise.
Origin of utilize
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Examples from the Web for utilises
It does not appear to construct burrows, but utilises those of Mice.Animal Life of the British Isles
Whenever the composer has a chance he utilises it with rare skill.The Opera
The steam-engine is said to be a very imperfect machine which wastes more power than it utilises.Expositions of Holy Scripture
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
- (tr) to make practical or worthwhile use of
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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]
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