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 Prescribed burning, for example, is an effective way to manage timber on large properties, but landowners are often reluctant to utilize it for fear of angering their suburban neighbors, more of whom are now much closer than in generations past. Jordan Sillars, National Review, "Killing Animals to Save Them? Hunting as Conservation," 23 Nov. 2019 The Lions didn’t utilize the November trade window and its roster remained untouched during the 2019 Expansion Draft earlier this week. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City declines options for 10 players, including starting centerback Lamine Sané," 23 Nov. 2019 The goal going through that process really was to try to come up with a facility that would be utilized by the entire community. Akira Kyles, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "South Carroll Senior Center celebrates 10 years at present facility," 15 Nov. 2019 Nate Oats won’t be able to utilize his biggest offseason addition until next season. Matt Zenitz | Mzenitz@al.com, al, "NCAA makes decision on Jahvon Quinerly eligibility appeal," 11 Nov. 2019 Carson and Morrison also aren’t able to utilize their wine, cocktail and fine-dining service expertise, since individual stalls don’t sell alcohol. Josie Sexton, The Know, "You only have 12 weeks to try Denver’s newest French restaurant," 11 Oct. 2019 After the program was finished, those who wished to stay formed a drum circle, and were able to utilize a variety of percussion instruments. Steve Smith, courant.com, "Silly Songs Sung Along To At Tolland Library," 26 Sep. 2019 That probably means that the nutrients in the fertilizer would be wasted or else utilized by the germinating winter weeds. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Your fall and winter lawn care guide for San Antonio," 26 Sep. 2019 Of 500,000 calls to which police respond, since last August it has been utilized in 164 investigations and fewer than 100 of the city’s 1,800 police officers have access. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Concerns raised over City of San Diego’s Smart Streetlights program," 11 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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11 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Utilize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utilizing. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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easily led, controlled, or managed

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