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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.
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 utilised
  • The initial energy is presumably diffused through a primary function, but this apparently allows the by-products to be utilised.
  • Language won't help, as milk isn't invented, so it'll have been named before it was utilised.
  • Its warehouses were enormously expensive and never fully utilised.
  • Talented experienced and creative people can be better utilised for growth and hence creating more jobs.
  • However, they have potential that are yet to be fully explored and utilised.
  • And donor countries need to realise that they are sitting on under-utilised systems that could deliver that aid effectively.
  • Regarding scholarships for study, these are available and utilised.
  • The question is not about the brain being affected but the extent to which and the manner in which the brain is utilised.
  • Accounting boondoggles utilised by government and business have to stop.
  • Any road that is operating at less than capacity because of its pricing is a resource that is under-utilised.
British Dictionary definitions for utilised


(transitive) to make practical or worthwhile use of
Derived Forms
utilizable, utilisable, adjective
utilization, utilisation, noun
utilizer, utiliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for utilised


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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