[ yoot-l-ahyz ]
/ ˈyut lˌaɪz /

verb (used with object), u·ti·lized, u·ti·liz·ing.

to put to use; turn to profitable account: to utilize a stream to power a mill.

Nearby words

  1. utility room,
  2. utility truck,
  3. utility wear,
  4. utility, public,
  5. utilization,
  6. utmost,
  7. utmost good faith,
  8. utnapishtim,
  9. uto-aztecan,
  10. utopia

Also especially British, u·ti·lise.

Origin of utilize

1800–10; < French utiliser, equivalent to utile useful (see utile) + -iser -ize

See use.

Related forms
Can be confuseduse usage utilize (see usage note at usage) (see synonym study at use)

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British Dictionary definitions for utilises



/ (ˈjuːtɪˌlaɪz) /


(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 utilises


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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