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utilize

[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.
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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)

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See use.
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Related Words for utilize

employ, handle, appropriate, exploit, apply, promote, advance, use, bestow, forward, further, exercise

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Contemporary Examples of utilize

Historical Examples of utilize

  • Should there be an attempt to utilize the political machinery of the time?

  • "I feel that I can utilize the time better by reading," I replied.

  • Third, do not be afraid to utilize commonplace facts and illustrations.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • It makes us feel that discipline is unnecessary, if we utilize the right methods.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • "I don't see my way to utilize your services," he said, with cold finality.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for utilize

utilize

utilise

verb
  1. (tr) to make practical or worthwhile use of
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Derived Formsutilizable or utilisable, adjectiveutilization or utilisation, nounutilizer or utiliser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for 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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper