- to put to use; turn to profitable account: to utilize a stream to power a mill.
Origin of utilize
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Related Wordsemploy, handle, appropriate, exploit, apply, promote, advance, use, bestow, forward, further, exercise
Examples from the Web for utilizing
Utilizing fear, or taking a reasoned approach to gradual, incremental change?Jon Stewart Talks ‘Rosewater’ and the ‘Chickensh-t’ Democrats’ Midterm Massacre
November 9, 2014
But one of the reasons why the group has been so resilient, he said, was its skill in utilizing propaganda.ISIS Has 9,000 ‘Core Fighters.’ Or Maybe 17,000. Or Possibly 30,000.
November 6, 2014
Even food and beverage companies are utilizing 3D printing to help engineer new products.Pioneers in Printing
The Daily Beast
October 21, 2014
They are also utilizing local drivers and vehicles to support their movements.U.S. Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola Training
October 17, 2014
The couple met in Italy at a meeting about utilizing satellites over Syria.After the Wedding: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin in Venice
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 28, 2014
"It's a method of utilizing solar heat for power," replied Roger.The Forbidden Trail
Since we must wait, you won't mind my utilizing the half-hour?'Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
It would be a waste to let heat escape instead of utilizing it.The Conquest of Bread
She was no flirt, but she believed in utilizing her resources.Prudence Says So
I'm utilizing all my power among the brotherhood to pull off this undertaking.Blacksheep! Blacksheep!
- (tr) to make practical or worthwhile use of
Word Origin and History for utilizing
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]