uti·lize | \ˈyü-tə-ˌlīz \
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 \ adjective
utilization \ˌyü-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən \ noun
utilizer \ˈyü-tə-ˌlī-zər \ noun

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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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To keep his innings in check, Casanova has been utilized as a starter and a reliever. Lamond Pope, Lake County News-Sun, "Next step: Waukegan’s Jean Casanova moves up a level in Texas Rangers farm system," 18 June 2018 His talents working on planes were utilized during Operation Iron Hand and Operation Linebacker (two prominent USAF missions during the Vietnam War). Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Grads with grit: UHD’s oldest & youngest graduates show that age has no boundaries," 31 May 2018 StatCast data, which became available in 2015, was utilized to measure batted ball behavior based on launch angle, exit velocity and other factors. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB on home run spike: Balls not juiced, but had greater aerodynamic carry," 24 May 2018 All of that attention can then be utilized to prepare other things. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago veteran chef John Coletta bringing his deep look at Italian rice to Lit Fest," 23 May 2018 The new mini-organs could be utilized for areas such as drug discovery or basic research. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Robots are able to grow human organs for the first time thanks to UW researchers," 22 May 2018 Harris, who had two touchdown receptions on trick plays as a sophomore in 2016, has been utilized more frequently in a blocking role at both tight end and H-back. Tom Green, AL.com, "Auburn 'worked hard' with its tight ends this spring, but will it mean more production come fall?," 17 Apr. 2018 The tech is also being utilized in more innocuous ways, like paying for orders at a KFC in Hangzhou. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Suspect caught in China at music concert after being detected by facial recognition technology," 12 Apr. 2018 Dual first bases and home plates are utilized to prevent collisions. Cindy Cantrell, BostonGlobe.com, "Senior softball league keeps them playing," 17 Mar. 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

: to use (something) for a particular purpose


uti·lize | \ˈyü-tə-ˌlīz \
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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to reject or criticize sharply

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