- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for utilising
She had no notion of utilising the motive-power at hand in the children.The Beth Book
Then one of us had the happy inspiration of utilising the saucepan lid.The American Egypt
The lynx especially is adept at utilising cover, however slight.Unexplored Spain
So utilising this clever idea, the painter gained both his ends.The Yellow Rose
And then, in an evil moment, the idea of utilising it occurred to me.The Vanishing Man
R. Austin Freeman
- (tr) to make practical or worthwhile use of
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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