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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The Chargers had utilized a time share at quarterback between Boyles and Jacob Hanlon in their first two games, but Boyles led the offense on all but one drive against the Lancers … Edison is ranked No. Andrew Turner, Daily Pilot, "Week 3 High School Football Preview: Edison vs. San Juan Hills," 12 Sep. 2019 The approximately 1-mile trail would be open to the public, and utilized by people who already walk and jog around the property on a daily basis. John Sharp | Jsharp@al.com, al, "Mobile weighs $750,000 stadium upgrades," 9 Sep. 2019 Geoffrey Jamiel Dennis-Yarmouth Regarded as one of the top receivers in the state, the junior made 81 receptions for 1,011 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2018 and will be utilized in both the passing and running schemes this season. Craig Larson, BostonGlobe.com, "2019 EMass football: Players to watch," 4 Sep. 2019 The system appears to be utilized most by concerned citizens, rather than manufacturers or health care professionals. NBC News, "Mysterious vaping lung injuries may have flown under regulatory radar," 27 Aug. 2019 Even if Zeke plays, Pollard is a playmaking pass-catcher and will be utilized by Jason Garrett. Scott Atkins, SI.com, "Fantasy Football: 2019 Dynasty and Keeper League Rankings," 13 Aug. 2019 Around the world, humans have utilized between a quarter and one-third of all land for food, feed, fiber, timber, and energy, driving the loss of 46 percent of all trees since the dawn of civilization. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Report: we have to change how we use land and produce food to fight climate change," 8 Aug. 2019 The project utilized a financing method that's never been done in Indian Country before. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "'If I die tonight, I'll be dying happy': Gila River Indian Community celebrates first new school on reservation in a century," 27 July 2019 The key feature is its mechanical calibre with manual-winding movement, utilized by astronauts during Apollo 16 and still today (with some advancements). Popmech Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Looking Back at What It Took to Land on the Moon, 50 Years Later," 19 July 2019

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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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concealment of treason or felony

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