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 To best utilize the space, this air mattress from Air Bedz has cutouts on each side to fit around wheel walls. Korin Miller, Forbes, 8 June 2021 But the rub is that taking on Love then would eliminate any Heat opportunity to utilize cap space this offseason, for the likes of Kyle Lowry or otherwise in free agency (although sign-and-trades would remain an option). Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 7 June 2021 During the presidential campaign, Mr. Biden vowed to utilize alternatives to holding immigrants in detention and to end contracts with for-profit prison companies, which operate many of the more than 200 facilities ICE can use to hold detainees. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, 28 Apr. 2021 The plan is to utilize space available at TownMall of Westminster and begin holding clinics at times more conducive to those in the workforce. Bob Blubaugh, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 27 Mar. 2021 Especially in natural gas-rich Appalachia, policymakers have seen plastics production facilities as a way to utilize excess gas and create jobs in a region already suffering economically from the decline of coal power. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, 22 Mar. 2021 The institute managed to utilize telehealth and eventually integrated it into their process. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 22 Feb. 2021 Guest have to be 12 and older to utilize the space. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, 11 Feb. 2021 The best way to sleep in your car is to utilize features like fold-flat rear seats and build a comfy nest inside your vehicle. Emily Pennington, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Nov. 2020

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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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16 Jun 2021

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“Utilize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utilize. Accessed 19 Jun. 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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