- to put to use; turn to profitable account: to utilize a stream to power a mill.
Origin of utilize
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Examples from the Web for utilize
Nor does the jet have the ability to capture high-definition video, utilize an infra-red pointer.Pentagon Misfires in Stealth Jet Scandal
January 8, 2015
“If HumaneWatch helps me get where I want to go, then I want to utilize them,” she said.The Sleazy War on the Humane Society
Center for Public Integrity
August 18, 2014
We must utilize the reality of Obamacare to bring black America into a new relationship with the health-care system.America Is Coming to Terms with Its Racial Past—Let’s Look Ahead Instead
May 22, 2014
Silicon chips are typically two-dimensional, Boahen explained, limiting the number of dedicated currents they can utilize.The Computer That Replicates a Human Brain
May 1, 2014
As I was doing at the time, and still do, I utilize what I can of technology.The Gonzo Artist: Behind Ralph Steadman’s Most Famous Work
April 27, 2014
Should there be an attempt to utilize the political machinery of the time?Understanding the Scriptures
"I feel that I can utilize the time better by reading," I replied.City of Endless Night
Third, do not be afraid to utilize commonplace facts and illustrations.
It makes us feel that discipline is unnecessary, if we utilize the right methods.
"I don't see my way to utilize your services," he said, with cold finality.The Rescue
- (tr) to make practical or worthwhile use of
Word Origin and History for utilize
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]