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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 utilizes
  • The master craftsman knows his or her materials and utilizes many techniques to best serve the problem or project at hand.
  • What he is, is focused on certain goals and he utilizes his faculties to attain them without distractions.
  • It's a non-universal plan that utilizes private insurance and doesn't even have a public option.
  • Anyone versed even in basic philosophy knows that all reason is based on faith, and all faith utilizes reason.
  • Second, every state utilizes some form of covert action.
  • The problem is really more how the government utilizes the wealth generated from those sales.
  • Further it utilizes processing infrastructure already in place and paid for by tax payers.
  • utilizes two-way communication programs to determine and meet the needs of internal and external audiences.
  • The quality of learning depends on the professor and the tools that he/she utilizes to teach a course.
  • They have a new concept for thermoelectric generation that utilizes a nano gap for electron tunneling.
British Dictionary definitions for utilizes


(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 utilizes


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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