- to put to use; turn to profitable account: to utilize a stream to power a mill.
Origin of utilize
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Examples from the Web for utilization
We found a statistically significant increase in utilization (both extensive and total) only for heart disease.
Utilization went up, out-of-pocket expenditure went down, and the freqency of depression diagnoses was lower.
We also have huge regional swings in the utilization of various procedures and services that bear no relation to outcomes.Why the 'Trigger' Will Work
October 24, 2009
The utilization of credit begins, as we have seen, with the very planting of the crop.The Fabric of Civilization
Utilization of natural cover; construction of fieldworks and obstacles.Manual of Military Training
James A. Moss
It is the utilization of this time, how best to employ it, that concerns us here.The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)
W. Grant Hague
It was on rapidity, quick judgment, the utilization of seconds, that he depended.The Pillar of Light
When utilization goes down to f, O comes into use, and so on.The Principles of Economics
Frank A. Fetter
- (tr) to make practical or worthwhile use of
Word Origin and History for utilization
1847, noun of action from 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]