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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.
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 utilization
  • 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.
  • Have spoken to many of these staff, this was clearly an under-utilization of their skills.
  • On the other hand, with the increased demand will come increased economy in the utilization of the wood.
  • It is a challenge to us to seek further utilization of our own natural resources.
  • Some instructors and administrators confuse utilization of various electronic modalities with effective instruction.
  • Prioritizes and manages the utilization of student employees and freelance staff to augment capacity as appropriate.
  • At every street corner, the utilization of new technology is vivid and accessible to almost anyone.
  • Patients need to take more responsibility for their health and utilization of resources.
British Dictionary definitions for utilization


(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

1847, noun of action from 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
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