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utilize

[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.
Also, especially British, utilise.
Origin
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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Examples for utilize
  • You utilize erratic movements to prevent anyone from predicting them.
  • Some arts do not utilize kicks at all, such as judo and boxing.
  • The chemotroph designation is in contrast to phototrophs which utilize solar energy.
  • Lastly, a consumption tax could utilize progressive rates in order to maintain fairness.
  • It is the first operational warship to extensively utilize stealth technology.
British Dictionary definitions for utilize

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 utilize
utilize
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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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