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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Founder, Sharifa Murdock has found a passion for mentoring the next generation and utilizes this growing festival to fuse her two worlds together; fashion and mentorship. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Best Style At The 2019 ENVSN Festival," 16 Sep. 2019 The technique utilizes public DNA databases, where users who have obtained their own DNA profiles from commercial companies such as Ancestry.com and 23andMe can upload them to expand their search for relatives. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Genetic genealogy leads to arrest of "Daytona Serial Killer" suspect, officials say," 16 Sep. 2019 The program would utilize empty space in the facility and be funded by the probation department’s existing budget. Joaquin Palomino, SFChronicle.com, "SF plans to close juvenile hall, but a new proposal would put more youths there," 16 Sep. 2019 The Wildcats also utilized the big boot of junior kicker Declan Mangan, who connected on a 53-yarder in the second quarter and 56-yarder in the third quarter, to pull closer at Hoban. Matt Goul, cleveland.com, "See how No. 4 St. Ignatius shocked No. 1 Hoban, 42-41," 14 Sep. 2019 Team Pickett utilized a balanced scoring attack to take a 26-23 lead heading into halftime. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Tamarac men’s basketball league gears up for fall competition and fun," 12 Sep. 2019 His narrative utilizes an audiotape interview by high-profile reporter Ken Auletta to augment the case against Cohn. Armond White, National Review, "Where’s My Roy Cohn? Is a Lesson in Demonization," 12 Sep. 2019 The Saints utilized right offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk primarily on Watt. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' J.J. Watt has unusually quiet game, shut out on stat sheet," 10 Sep. 2019 At its core, the brand utilizes oddments from fashion’s past to call out the industry’s eco-problem. Teen Vogue, "Meet Femail Forever, the Brand Changing the Fashion Industry via Snail Mail," 10 Sep. 2019

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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

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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