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.
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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Examples from the Web for utilizing

Contemporary Examples of utilizing

Historical Examples of utilizing

  • "It's a method of utilizing solar heat for power," replied Roger.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie

  • 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

    Peter Kropotkin

  • She was no flirt, but she believed in utilizing her resources.

    Prudence Says So

    Ethel Hueston

  • I'm utilizing all my power among the brotherhood to pull off this undertaking.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep!

    Meredith Nicholson


British Dictionary definitions for utilizing

utilize

utilise

verb
  1. (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 utilizing

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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper