[ uhn-der-yoot-l-ahyz ]
/ ˌʌn dərˈyut lˌaɪz /
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verb (used with object), un·der·u·ti·lized, un·der·u·ti·liz·ing.
to fail to make practical or profitable use of: The episodes are boring, badly paced, and completely underutilize the title character.
to fail to use (a machine, resource, etc.) to its full capacity:Most companies underutilize their data assets, but some manage to leverage them to satisfy marketplace demands.Many school systems significantly underutilize existing classroom space, yet continue to build new buildings.
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Also especially British, un·der·u·ti·lise .
OTHER WORDS FROM underutilizeun·der·u·ti·li·za·tion [uhn-der-yoot-l-ahy-zey-shuhn], /ˌʌn dərˌyut l aɪˈzeɪ ʃən/, noun
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How to use underutilize in a sentence
Traditionally, reference checks are underutilized due to the highly manual process, and often only exclusively used for executive hiring.HiPeople picks up $3M seed to automate reference checks|Steve O'Hear|January 20, 2021|TechCrunch
We’re not going to grow more land, but we have millions of feet of rooftop space that is underutilized and we believe we could use it a better way to grow food in a more healthier way.A Leading NYC Mayoral Candidate Thinks Roof Farms Can Save America’s Cities|Amanda Kludt|January 14, 2021|Eater
So she did what so many other underutilized actors are doing these days: turned to television.Brooklyn Decker on Her ‘Horrible’ Modeling Experiences, Marriage, and Cracking Hollywood|Marlow Stern|April 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is the single most effective admissions strategy there is for most students—and the most underutilized.The Biggest Admissions Edge|Steve Cohen|September 2, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Yet it's also a reminder that Clinton, the most formidable Democratic politician of his generation, is being underutilized.Bubba's Bogus Diplomacy|Reihan Salam|August 5, 2009|DAILY BEAST