Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

utilize

[yoot-l-ahyz]
verb (used with object), u·ti·lized, u·ti·liz·ing.
  1. to put to use; turn to profitable account: to utilize a stream to power a mill.
Show More
Also especially British, u·ti·lise.

Origin of utilize

1800–10; < French utiliser, equivalent to utile useful (see utile) + -iser -ize
Related formsu·ti·liz·a·ble, adjectiveu·ti·li·za·tion, nounu·ti·liz·er, nounhalf-u·til·ized, adjectivemis·u·ti·li·za·tion, nounnon·u·til·i·za·tion, nounnon·u·til·ized, adjectiveo·ver·u·ti·li·za·tion, nouno·ver·u·ti·lize, verb (used with object), o·ver·u·ti·lized, o·ver·u·ti·liz·ing.pre·u·ti·liz·a·ble, adjectivepre·u·ti·li·za·tion, nounpre·u·ti·lize, verb (used with object), pre·u·ti·lized, pre·u·ti·liz·ing.qua·si-u·ti·lized, adjectivere·u·ti·li·za·tion, nounre·u·ti·lize, verb (used with object), re·u·ti·lized, re·u·ti·liz·ing.un·der·u·ti·lized, adjectiveun·u·ti·liz·a·ble, adjectiveun·u·ti·lized, adjectivewell-u·ti·lized, adjective
Can be confuseduse usage utilize (see usage note at usage) (see synonym study at use)

Synonyms for utilize

See use.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for unutilized

Historical Examples of unutilized

  • Fields could continue to perish of drought while nearby rivers continued to pour their unutilized waters into the sea!

    The Torrent

    Vicente Blasco Ibaez

  • My mechanics knew that I should probably not allow such a favorable moment to go by unutilized.

    The Red Battle Flyer

    Capt. Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen

  • The protracted inactivity on the battlefronts of Italy had allowed the hospital to remain for many months unutilized.

    Idling in Italy

    Joseph Collins

  • Mrs. Morris's unutilized dimple kept itself busy to the point of positive fatigue.

    Bylow Hill

    George Washington Cable

  • We have nothing historically new to offer, though the principle we are to mention is practically unknown or at least unutilized.

    The Booklover and His Books

    Harry Lyman Koopman


British Dictionary definitions for unutilized

utilize

utilise

verb
  1. (tr) to make practical or worthwhile use of
Show More
Derived Formsutilizable or utilisable, adjectiveutilization or utilisation, nounutilizer or utiliser, noun
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 unutilized

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]
Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper