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utilize

[yoot-l-ahyz] /ˈyut lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), utilized, utilizing.
1.
to put to use; turn to profitable account:
to utilize a stream to power a mill.
Also, especially British, utilise.
Origin of utilize
1800-1810
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)
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  • Should there be an attempt to utilize the political machinery of the time?

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  • "I feel that I can utilize the time better by reading," I replied.

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  • Third, do not be afraid to utilize commonplace facts and illustrations.

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  • It makes us feel that discipline is unnecessary, if we utilize the right methods.

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  • "I don't see my way to utilize your services," he said, with cold finality.

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British Dictionary definitions for utilize

utilize

/ˈjuːtɪˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to make practical or worthwhile use of
Derived Forms
utilizable, utilisable, adjective
utilization, utilisation, noun
utilizer, utiliser, noun
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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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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