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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 utilising
Historical Examples
  • She had no notion of utilising the motive-power at hand in the children.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand
  • Then one of us had the happy inspiration of utilising the saucepan lid.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • The lynx especially is adept at utilising cover, however slight.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • So utilising this clever idea, the painter gained both his ends.

    The Yellow Rose

    Mr Jkai
  • And then, in an evil moment, the idea of utilising it occurred to me.

    The Vanishing Man

    R. Austin Freeman
  • I have been utilising it in digging a drainage ditch at the lower end of my farm.

  • Then there was a pause,—while he thought of escaping, and she of utilising the occasion.

    John Caldigate

    Anthony Trollope
  • He had owned that revolver for years, with no thought of utilising the weapon.


    Arnold Bennett
  • Instead of mortgaging the future, the Gaul is utilising his thrifty past.

    The War After the War Isaac Frederick Marcosson
  • Their feathery plumes are admirably adapted for catching and utilising any stray golden grain which happens to pass that way.

British Dictionary definitions for utilising


(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 utilising


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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