overutilize

verb
over·​uti·​lize | \ ˌō-vər-ˈyü-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce overutilize (audio) \
overutilized; overutilizing

Definition of overutilize

transitive verb

: to utilize (something) too much : to use (something) excessively or too frequently overutilizing medical services overutilizes credit cards

Other Words from overutilize

overutilization \ ˌō-​vər-​ˌyü-​tə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce overutilize (audio) \ noun, plural overutilizations
The main reason for our rising health care costs had been overutilization — Bryan Burklow

First Known Use of overutilize

1875, in the meaning defined above

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“Overutilize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overutilize. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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