utilize

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verb uti·lize \ˈyü-tə-ˌlīz\

Definition of utilize

utilized

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utilizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make use of :  turn to practical use or account I'm a great person for utilizing waste power — Robert Frost

utilizable

play \ˈyü-tə-ˌlī-zə-bəl\ adjective

utilization

play \ˌyü-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

utilizer

play \ˈyü-tə-ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of utilize in a Sentence

  1. Many of the library's resources are not utilized by townspeople.

  2. we must utilize all the tools at our disposal

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Origin and Etymology of utilize

French utiliser, from utile

Synonym Discussion of 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

UTILIZE Defined for English Language Learners

utilize

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verb

Definition of utilize for English Language Learners

  • : to use (something) for a particular purpose


UTILIZE Defined for Kids

utilize

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verb uti·lize \ˈyü-tə-ˌlīz\

Definition of utilize for Students

utilized

;

utilizing

  1. :  to make use of especially for a certain job We had to utilize our navigation skills to find our way.



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