- 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 utilised
The same principle was utilised in his type-printing telegraph, patented in 1841.Heroes of the Telegraph
They say nearly all the ground available round our towns has already been utilised.Another Sheaf
Hardly anything valuable of the preceding regime could be utilised.Bulgaria
All these things Henslowe knew, and all these things he utilised.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
He utilised the opportunity of this enforced stay to visit the hospital.From Jungle to Java
- (tr) to make practical or worthwhile use of
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Word Origin and History for utilised
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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