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
Recent Examples on the Web Teachers may utilize outdoor and common areas in an effort to adhere to those guidelines, state officials said. oregonlive, "Portland students likely will attend school in-person only part-time this fall, officials say," 24 June 2020 Deciduous plants in this region drop their leaves in the winter to avoid damage, while evergreen plants utilize tough, fleshy leaves that resist both cold and heat. Matt Simon, Wired, "Why the Arctic Is Warming So Fast, and Why That’s So Alarming," 23 June 2020 In order to take some attention away from McCowan in the post, Cox said first-year coach Marianne Stanley wants to utilize her passing and 3-point shooting to keep defenses on their toes. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Fever rookie Lauren Cox: Competitor, inspiration, ready to return basketball," 21 June 2020 Investigators utilize military-grade technology and god’s-eye surveillance, enacting righteous killgasms unto killing killers. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The death and life of the lawyer show," 18 June 2020 The City Council and CPS Energy in the fall of 2014 signed an agreement allowing the city to utilize a portion of the fiber in perpetuity. Diego Mendoza-moyers, ExpressNews.com, "How San Antonio plans to tackle the digital divide, expand broadband internet," 12 June 2020 Their experience and deep global supply chain network enabled them to utilize their manufacturing partners to create and distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals, retailers and customers quickly. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "The Fixture Zone swivels business model to supply PPE to retailers, manufacturing plants and more," 11 June 2020 Why not utilize all that free space below your bed? Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "10 amazing deals on storage essentials you can shop right now," 10 June 2020 On top of not having accompanying software, this mouse appeared to utilize mouse acceleration. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "The best ergonomic mouse of 2020," 10 June 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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27 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Utilize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utilize. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce utilize (audio)

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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