uti·​lize | \ ˈyü-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce utilize (audio) \
utilized; utilizing

Definition of utilize

transitive verb

: to make use of : turn to practical use or account I'm a great person for utilizing waste power— Robert Frost

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Other Words from utilize

utilizable \ ˈyü-​tə-​ˌlī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce utilize (audio) \ adjective
utilization \ ˌyü-​tə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce utilize (audio) \ noun
utilizer \ ˈyü-​tə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce utilize (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for utilize

use, employ, utilize mean to put into service especially to attain an end. use implies availing oneself of something as a means or instrument to an end. willing to use any means to achieve her ends employ suggests the use of a person or thing that is available but idle, inactive, or disengaged. looking for better ways to employ their skills utilize may suggest the discovery of a new, profitable, or practical use for something. an old wooden bucket utilized as a planter

Examples of utilize in a Sentence

Many of the library's resources are not utilized by townspeople. we must utilize all the tools at our disposal
Recent Examples on the Web Against a team like the Rockets, who utilize small lineups aggressively, neither backup center saw the floor until garbage time. Jamal Collier, chicagotribune.com, "3 takeaways from the Chicago Bulls’ 4th win in 5 games, including that 46-point 3rd quarter and Coby White playing off the ball more," 23 Feb. 2021 Going younger on defense by not re-signing veteran linebacker Sean Lee and defensive backs Xavier Woods and Chidobe Awuzie also would reduce the amount of money the Cowboys utilize against the cap. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "Whether the Cowboys use the franchise tag on Dak Prescott or sign him, salary cap space will be the biggest hurdle," 22 Feb. 2021 The best ergonomic desk organizers feature designs that utilize the space below your monitor for storage. Popular Science, "Best desk organizer: Desk accessories that banish clutter," 20 Feb. 2021 Super Bowl pregame shows typically have multiple sets around the stadium, but indications are CBS will utilize just one. Joe Reedy, Star Tribune, "Super distancing: CBS keeps season protocols for big game," 30 Jan. 2021 Søndergaard says that the Personal Match feature is now at a 93% confidence level and will only grow as more people utilize the new feature. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "How digital sommelier Vivino is becoming a Netflix for wine," 30 Jan. 2021 Next season — assuming Blake Haubeil does not utilize the option to return for another season — Seibert will have the job to himself. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s Justin Fields could not find his Sugar Bowl form against Alabama: Nathan Baird’s observations," 12 Jan. 2021 Strohmaier said the crews plan to utilize the daylight on Wednesday to continue searching and noted that weather conditions were improving as rain began to let up, which could help the search efforts. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Plane, pilot missing in Washington state waters after flight from Southeast Alaska," 27 Jan. 2021 Retailers must have a web store to utilize the service in addition to having a brick and mortar store. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "Delivery company wants to help small Michigan businesses compete with Amazon, Walmart," 22 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of utilize

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for utilize

French utiliser, from utile

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The first known use of utilize was in 1807

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Last Updated

28 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Utilize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utilize. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of utilize

formal : to use (something) for a particular purpose


uti·​lize | \ ˈyü-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce utilize (audio) \
utilized; utilizing

Kids Definition of utilize

: to make use of especially for a certain job We had to utilize our navigation skills to find our way.

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