[ yoot-l-ahyz ]
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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.

Origin of utilize

First recorded in 1800–10; from French utiliser, equivalent to utile “useful” (see utile) + -iser-ize
  • Also especially British, u·ti·lise .

Other words from utilize

  • u·ti·liz·a·ble, adjective
  • u·ti·li·za·tion [yoot-l-ahy-zey-shuhn], /ˌyut l aɪˈzeɪ ʃən/, noun
  • u·ti·liz·er, noun
  • half·-u·til·ized, adjective
  • non·u·til·ized, adjective
  • o·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, adjective
  • pre·u·ti·lize, verb (used with object), pre·u·ti·lized, pre·u·ti·liz·ing.
  • qua·si-u·ti·lized, adjective
  • re·u·ti·lize, verb (used with object), re·u·ti·lized, re·u·ti·liz·ing.
  • un·der·u·ti·lized, adjective
  • un·u·ti·liz·a·ble, adjective
  • un·u·ti·lized, adjective
  • well-u·ti·lized, adjective

Words that may be confused with utilize

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How to use utilize in a sentence

  • In English archaic writings the instances in which the mention of the Satanic power is thus utilised are not numerous.

  • Freud39 maintains that voluntary retention of the fæces is utilised for this purpose, but this appears to me very doubtful.

  • Meanwhile fuel ran short; bulkheads and spars had to be utilised; our ship reduced to skeleton state.

  • The foreign population lived in chops or hulks of Chinese junks; others were utilised as offices and merchants stores.

  • This rapport was utilised in magic for the behoof of these objects, and for the good of the tribe, which is singularly solidaire.

British Dictionary definitions for utilize



/ (ˈjuːtɪˌlaɪz) /

  1. (tr) to make practical or worthwhile use of

Derived forms of utilize

  • utilizable or utilisable, adjective
  • utilization or utilisation, noun
  • utilizer or utiliser, noun

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