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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.
Also, especially British, utilise.
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 utilized
  • Fowls, which are always made tender by long cooking, are frequently utilized in this way.
  • Outer and old stalks of celery may be utilized for soups.
  • It may be put in soup kettle, or lean part may be chopped and utilized for meat cakes, fat tried out and clarified for shortening.
  • Some of the carpenters' benches that had been used in the construction of the building were utilized for tables.
  • To repeat myself, the problem wasn't so much with the models themselves, but with how they were utilized.
  • With year-round schooling, buildings and equipment that lie idle for vast periods could be utilized far more.
  • Both human and physical resources are underutilized or mis-utilized to a rather high degree.
  • In an academic environment flush with well-earned yet under-utilized doctorates, the call for faculty labor unions is quite silly.
  • If you want to be utilized differently, you seek a new position or in this case retrain to be eligible for it.
  • Profit is the residual that results if the value of the services created exceeds the cost of the resources utilized.
British Dictionary definitions for utilized


(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 utilized


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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