underutilize

[ uhn-der-yoot-l-ahyz ]
/ ˌʌn dərˈyut lˌaɪz /

verb (used with object), un·der·u·ti·lized, un·der·u·ti·liz·ing.

to fail to utilize fully: to underutilize natural resources.

Nearby words

  1. undertook,
  2. undertow,
  3. undertrick,
  4. undertrump,
  5. underused,
  6. underutilized,
  7. undervalue,
  8. undervest,
  9. underwaist,
  10. underwater

Also especially British, un·der·u·ti·lise.

Origin of underutilize

First recorded in 1950–55; under- + utilize

Related formsun·der·u·ti·li·za·tion, noun

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Word Origin and History for under-utilize

underutilize

v.

also under-utilize, 1949, from under + utilize. Related: Underutilized; underutilizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper