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utilize

or (especially British) utilise

[yoot-l-ahyz] /ˈyut lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), utilized, utilizing.
1.
to put to use; turn to profitable account:
to utilize a stream to power a mill.
Origin of utilize
1800-1810
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)
Synonyms
See use.
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  • The second was missionary propaganda, the utilization of the same weapon which the enemy so trenchantly wieldedthat of persuasion.

  • The utilization of credit begins, as we have seen, with the very planting of the crop.

  • The utilization of her ability is all that is needed to regenerate city life.

  • utilization of natural cover; construction of fieldworks and obstacles.

  • Nature itself is simply the principle of the utilization of creative life.

    Born Again Alfred Lawson
  • It was on rapidity, quick judgment, the utilization of seconds, that he depended.

    The Pillar of Light Louis Tracy
  • The entire trend of progress is toward the continued discovery of finer cosmic forces and their utilization in practical affairs.

    The Life Radiant Lilian Whiting
British Dictionary definitions for utilization

utilize

/ˈjuːtɪˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(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 utilization
n.

1847, noun of action from utilize.

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]

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