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

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

use, usage, utilize (see usage note at usage)(see synonym study at use).

See use.
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utilize or utilise (ˈjuːtɪˌlaɪz)
(tr) to make practical or worthwhile use of
utilise or utilise
'utilizable or utilise
'utilisable or utilise
utili'zation or utilise
utili'sation or utilise
'utilizer or utilise
'utiliser or utilise

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Word Origin & History

1807, from Fr. utiliser, from It. utilizzare, from utile "usable," from L. utilis "usable," from uti (see use). Utilization is first attested 1847.
"Utilize is fast antiquating improve, in the sense of 'turn to account.' " [Fitzedward Hall, "Modern English," 1873]
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Example sentences
It is the only system under which the utmost possible utilization of ground
  area can be obtained.
It is in the utilization of those things which are scarce that economy is
  called for.
Solar thermal is the utilization of the sun's radiation to heat water.
On the other hand, with the increased demand will come increased economy in the
  utilization of the wood.
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