un·​der·​uti·​lize | \ ˌən-dər-ˈyü-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce underutilize (audio) \
underutilized; underutilizing; underutilizes

Definition of underutilize

transitive verb

: to utilize less than fully or below the potential use

Other Words from underutilize

underutilization \ ˈən-​dər-​ˌyü-​tə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce underutilize (audio) \ noun

Examples of underutilize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both critics and supporters of the bureau seem to agree on one thing: Most Americans, and even many members of the financial news media, underutilize its services. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 26 July 2021 While there are reasons to be skeptical of McCarthy’s fit with Dallas, his tendency to underutilize RBs in Green Bay shouldn’t be one of them. John Owning, Dallas News, 13 Jan. 2020 According to Flannagan, part of the problem is that drivers—even skilled ones—tend to underutilize their high-beams. Benjamin Preston, Car and Driver, 20 July 2017

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First Known Use of underutilize

1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Underutilize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underutilize. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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