- to put to use; turn to profitable account: to utilize a stream to power a mill.
Also especially British, u·ti·lise.
Origin of utilize
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Examples from the Web for 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
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
- (tr) to make practical or worthwhile use of
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Word Origin and History for unutilized
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]
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