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

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Government use of biometric and personal identifiable information can be valuable tools only if utilized properly. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Big Tech poses 'potentially existential' threat to news, publishers will tell Congress," 11 June 2019 Government use of biometric and personal identifiable information can be valuable tools only if utilized properly. Anchorage Daily News, "Photos of travelers taken in data breach, Customs and Border Protection says," 11 June 2019 To make that amount of power, the GT R and GT R roadster engines utilize unique turbochargers, a smaller boost-pressure control valve, specific engine-management software, and 2 psi of additional boost, compared with standard GT models. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster Costs Almost $27,000 More than the Coupe," 30 May 2019 Watch out this year as Lines gets going in a creative offense with a new quarterback who will utilize his talents. Richard Obert, azcentral, "End game: Top 10 tight ends ahead of Arizona high school football 2019 season," 17 June 2019 Brian Schottenheimer should be able to use Dissly in creative ways that utilize his strengths, and that could turn into a very good year. oregonlive.com, "3 Seattle Seahawks players you should be talking about right now: Commentary," 13 June 2019 Emily Rosser, Visual Director Alexis Smart designed a line of tinctures that utilize the diverse healing properties of flowers. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "10 Decadent Beauty Splurges Worthy of Your Tax Return, According to Vogue Editors," 10 Apr. 2019 This elicits a deeply calming effect, and simulates deep pressure touch (DPT), a type of therapy that utilizes hands-on pressure to alleviate chronic stress and anxiety. Popular Mechanics, "These Weighted Blankets Can Alleviate Stress and Anxiety," 23 Mar. 2019 Co-washing is a process that utilizes a conditioner to hydrate and cleanse hair in place of shampoo. SELF, "7 Ways to Look Flawless While Transitioning to Natural Hair," 30 Dec. 2018

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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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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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