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

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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Several dozen countries utilize a return-free system for most taxpayers in straightforward situations. John Sides, Washington Post, "Why the U.S. tax system is so complicated — but Americans are proud to pay taxes anyway," 12 Apr. 2018 The scouting goes beyond the two gyms on the UNLV campus utilized for summer league. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Scouting for free agents remains ongoing for Heat," 12 July 2018 In 2011 the federal government charged the two Oregon ranchers with arson and destruction of federal property for having done nothing more than utilize the same fire-management tools that the government routinely employs. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Worthy Pardon for the Hammonds," 10 July 2018 The lighting of the show will be very modern, Hewes said, utilizing LEDs, black lights and UV lights. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "PowPAC's 'Romeo and Juliet' opens Friday," 3 July 2018 Basically, until James signs somewhere else or Cleveland renounces his rights, the Cavs can offer LeBron a full five-year max deal utilizing his Bird Rights. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Examining the Ripple Effects of LeBron James Forgoing Player Option," 29 June 2018 Wella Professionals colorist Sonya Dove explains in a press release that the color was meant to be young and fresh, like Turner, utilizing cooler tones to bring out the actress' blue eyes. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "Sophie Turner Says Goodbye To Sansa Stark With The Perfect Summer Cut," 29 June 2018 As a minor-league pitching coach with the Yankees and Cardinals from 1962 through 1966, Konstanty, utilizing tips from Skinner, helped young St. Louis pitchers develop sliders. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "The undertaker who brought Jim Konstanty to life | Frank's Place," 23 June 2018 These could support forces utilizing Mantis for night operations. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "New futuristic Israeli 'dune-buggy' is bristling with weapons, ready for combat," 22 June 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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