utilize

verb
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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In our post-firmware test, a 3.5GHz clock speed was maintained even when all cores were fully utilized for an extended period of time. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Re-testing the MacBook Pro: Apple’s firmware update led to a big improvement," 27 July 2018 The co-op concept facilitates makers trading ideas and advice, utilizing one another’s resources and banding together to sell their goods in the belief that there is strength in numbers. Mandy Behbehani, San Francisco Chronicle, "Indie fashion lines band together with SF Bay Makers," 14 June 2018 The current surface, which can be utilized for chipping practice as well, is three times the size of the previous practice green according to Miller. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, "Forest Park Golf Course," 18 May 2018 The study utilized a 6% sales commission for the median home value in each area. David Carrig, USA TODAY, "Selling your house can you cost you more than $18,000," 6 Apr. 2018 Though categorically disparate, Newson’s oeuvre is unified by a severe dedication to craftsmanship, utilizing sometimes long-abandoned artisanal techniques in the most unorthodox of ways. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The Hot Seat: Designer Marc Newson Is Celebrated With a Gagosian Gallery Show," 19 Jan. 2019 What the election results do show us is the extent to which people were able to organize and mobilize in great enough numbers to overcome the massive voter suppression tactics being utilized against them. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 The New York designer joined forces with Uniqlo for a collection utilizing the Japanese brand's signature heated technology. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alexander Wang x Uniqlo Is Here With Your New Favorite Leggings," 9 Nov. 2018 To back up this claim, the kit homes utilized balloon framing, a simpler method of building the skeleton of a home, helping to popularize the process. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How Sears Kit Homes changed housing," 16 Oct. 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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utilize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of utilize

formal : to use (something) for a particular purpose

utilize

verb
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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