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

Recent Examples on the Web

Machines have utilized atmospheric water before, like the FreshWater machine from Chile. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Solar-Powered Hydrogel Collects Clean Water Out of Thin Air," 14 Mar. 2019 To ensure the base stayed put, the pro utilized Tatcha's cult favorite oil blotting sheets and pressed on Diorskin powder to banish excess shine. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How Michelle Yeoh Made Her Effortless Oscars Makeup Last All Day and Night," 25 Feb. 2019 The treatment plan utilizes both body and facial points, and prior to facial needling, micro-current (a therapeutic electrical stimulation) is used on the muscles and meridians of the face to both boost the Qi and drain fluids. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What Exactly Is Facial Acupuncture — And Why You Should Try It," 6 Feb. 2019 Many forms of yoga utilize specific breathing techniques, teaching you how to breathe in a purposeful way. Laura Schwecherl, SELF, "Why All Runners Should Consider Adding Yoga to Their Routines," 15 Jan. 2019 More than 2,500 students utilize Shiru’s services each day, and each location employs 15 students, an internship opportunity. Fox News, "Students ‘pay’ for coffee with personal data," 4 Oct. 2018 The series filmed in 50 countries across the world, utilizing over 600 crew members. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "David Attenborough's Our Planet: What We Know About the New Netflix Show," 25 Mar. 2019 Read on for four tips from the pros on how to best utilize texture in your own home—and, of course, plenty of shopping recommendations for each. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "Here's Why Texture Is an Interior Designer's Secret Weapon," 6 Mar. 2019 All important information and documentation should be saved in a safe place outside your home, such as in a safe deposit box at your bank or utilize an online cloud storage service to store files or data objects. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Be prepared for hurricane season," 24 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

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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