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or (especially British) utilise

[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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  • It also gives him a record of his errors so that when he has time for review work he can utilize it properly.

  • Should there be an attempt to utilize the political machinery of the time?

    Understanding the Scriptures Francis McConnell
  • But, from another side, it was evident to me that without this reason I could not utilize a principle.

  • "I feel that I can utilize the time better by reading," I replied.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • Realizing the fewness of the days remaining to them, they were anxious to utilize every moment.

    Scattergood Baines Clarence Budington Kelland
British Dictionary definitions for utilize


(transitive) to make practical or worthwhile use of
Derived Forms
utilizable, utilisable, adjective
utilization, utilisation, noun
utilizer, utiliser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for 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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