utilize

verb
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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Over 66 lectures, this course will teach you how to use common persuasion tactics, stir up emotion in your reader, utilize common copywriting formulas, and more. Popular Mechanics, "How to Get a Great Job in 2019 with These 5 Skills," 14 Jan. 2019 On top of that, the amount of energy the brain utilizes in different animals is a function of how many neurons there are in the brain. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Ahead of book talk, Baltimore Symphony science adviser explains the psychology of curiosity," 26 May 2018 Because Goodwin might seize on the good news and utilize Thursday's All-NBA announcement to push that Allen-Lillard meeting into fruition. John Canzano, OregonLive.com, "Canzano: Damian Lillard gets First Team All-NBA nod... and another meeting with Paul Allen?," 24 May 2018 After the then Atlanta mayor closed one of the city’s most utilized homeless shelters last spring, 300 AUC students slept outside for 24 hours and raised more than $11,000 to address the issue. Maya Rhodan, Time, "A New Era of Protest Is Energizing Historically Black Colleges and Universities. But There Are Challenges," 22 May 2018 According to Variety, Disney is moving towards utilizing movies as its primary generator of ad sales. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "Disney Is Using Its Stockpile of Blockbuster Franchises to Increase Ad Sales," 15 May 2018 At first the mouse’s precision was poor and software hadn’t yet figured out how to smartly utilize the new technology. Rani Molla, Recode, "Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’," 12 Nov. 2018 That makes Junco especially interested in seeing the post-election data to get a sense of how the programs were utilized and who took advantage. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Free rides to the polls test the transit and turnout connection," 1 Nov. 2018 What's striking is how the dyslexic brain does not utilize areas usually engaged in reading. Lisa Wood Shapiro, WIRED, "The End of Dyslexia," 18 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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utilize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of utilize

: to use (something) for a particular purpose

utilize

verb
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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