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 utilize (audio) \ adjective
utilization \ ˌyü-​tə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce utilize (audio) \ noun
utilizer \ ˈyü-​tə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce utilize (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 Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines utilize a technology called messenger RNA (mRNA) which teaches your body how to respond to COVID-19, as well as lipids (fats) that help transport the vaccine into your body. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "COVID vaccine myths: Can I get COVID from taking vaccine? Will it change my DNA?," 14 Jan. 2021 While businesses and individuals may request specific tail numbers to act as vanity plates, criminals utilize the tactic to evade detection, much like switching a license plate on a car. BostonGlobe.com, "Secrets in the sky," 13 Jan. 2021 Not all roofing companies utilize this business model. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Insurers say RoofClaim.com’s Boca Raton Bowl title sponsorship encourages abuses," 10 Dec. 2020 The best mattresses utilize foam to offer excellent pressure relief for areas in the body that may hold tension. Eric Alt, Popular Science, "Best mattress for your body and budget: Five things to consider," 8 Dec. 2020 Both offenses utilize diverse running schemes but lean on zone schemes and power blocking. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Predicting Browns-Titans: What key matchups and factors will decide the game?," 5 Dec. 2020 Lorex’s Nocturnal products utilize its game-changing color night vision technology, which can actually produce full-color video at night (with the help of a little ambient lighting). CNN Underscored, "Your home really is your castle with Lorex’s cutting-edge security cameras," 1 Dec. 2020 Vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna utilize new technology that has never been used in vaccines before, and experts say that in itself is a reason to be cautious. Alexis Benveniste, CNN, "Pfizer CEO: Our vaccine timing had nothing to do with politics," 9 Nov. 2020 Coaches utilize a boxing glove, attempting to punch a football out of the ball carriers hands. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "John Fassel blames himself for Cowboys' dysfunctional special teams unit, looks to fix substitution and ball security issues," 24 Oct. 2020

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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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23 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Utilize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utilize. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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