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

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

Examples of underutilize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Taking a closer look: Will Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy break these tendencies he had with the Packers?," 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, "High-Tech Headlights Could Thwart Certain Types of Crashes—If We Could Get Them in the U.S.," 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 4 Jul. 2020.

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