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[yoot-l-ahyz] /ˈyut lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), utilized, utilizing.
to put to use; turn to profitable account:
to utilize a stream to power a mill.
Also, especially British, utilise.
Origin of utilize
1800-10; < French utiliser, equivalent to utile useful (see utile) + -iser -ize
Related forms
utilizable, adjective
utilization, noun
utilizer, noun
half-utilized, adjective
misutilization, noun
nonutilization, noun
nonutilized, adjective
overutilization, noun
overutilize, verb (used with object), overutilized, overutilizing.
preutilizable, adjective
preutilization, noun
preutilize, verb (used with object), preutilized, preutilizing.
quasi-utilized, adjective
reutilization, noun
reutilize, verb (used with object), reutilized, reutilizing.
underutilized, adjective
unutilizable, adjective
unutilized, adjective
well-utilized, adjective
Can be confused
use, usage, utilize (see usage note at usage; see synonym study at use)
See use. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for utilise
Historical Examples
  • At all events, the protagonists were somewhat loth to utilise the dirigible upon an elaborate scale or in an aggressive manner.

    Aeroplanes and Dirigibles of War Frederick A. Talbot
  • There is no other profession which is so able to absorb and utilise talents of every description.

  • It is perfectly logical that a new doctrine should utilise the vital elements of other doctrines.

  • Taking Berkeley simply as an instance, I will utilise him a little further.

    Mental Efficiency Arnold Bennett
  • In Algiers the mason-bees have been observed in this way to utilise empty snail-shells.

    Animal Intelligence George J. Romanes
  • Women have to learn to utilise every advantage of their nature, not one side only.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • He always asked to have those battalions sent him which everybody else declined, undertaking to utilise them.

  • A strong, healthy-minded man could not utilise her best qualities.

    Doctor Luttrell's First Patient Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • We see by this that there is no need to create ports on the Parana, only to utilise or develop existing conditions.

  • He can utilise but he cannot dominate it, for he has not discovered its source.

    Reincarnation Th. Pascal
British Dictionary definitions for utilise


(transitive) to make practical or worthwhile use of
Derived Forms
utilizable, utilisable, adjective
utilization, utilisation, noun
utilizer, utiliser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for utilise


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
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