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.
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.
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Examples from the Web for utilised

Historical Examples of utilised

  • The same principle was utilised in his type-printing telegraph, patented in 1841.

  • They say nearly all the ground available round our towns has already been utilised.

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

  • Hardly anything valuable of the preceding regime could be utilised.

    Bulgaria

    Frank Fox

  • 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

    Arthur Keyser


British Dictionary definitions for utilised

utilize

utilise

verb
  1. (tr) to make practical or worthwhile use of
Derived Formsutilizable or utilisable, adjectiveutilization or utilisation, nounutilizer or utiliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for utilised

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]
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