- 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 utilise
Women have to learn to utilise every advantage of their nature, not one side only.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
They are studies that I intend to utilise in a large picture I am preparing.Therese Raquin
They have been helped on all sides, but they will not utilise their advantages.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
For this reason it is best to utilise the centre of the field only.On Laboratory Arts
A strong, healthy-minded man could not utilise her best qualities.Doctor Luttrell's First Patient
Rosa Nouchette Carey
- (tr) to make practical or worthwhile use of
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Word Origin and History for utilise
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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