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

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 Making sure these procedures correctly utilize implementation, arrangements and resource allocation will ensure the achievement of an organization's objectives. Tunde Ajala, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 The Collective is partnering with Oncoor Marketing, which will manage the day-to-day operation of the Collective and will utilize the Opendorse NIL platform to ensure that all NIL activities are in compliance with NCAA and university guidelines. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 5 Aug. 2022 Faison, chef and owner of the Big Heart Hospitality group (and four-time Beard best chef nominee including 2022), thought the series would utilize tired tropes with a ruggedly good-looking protagonist (e.g. Carmy). Peggy Hernandez, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Aug. 2022 While some mutual funds utilize tax loss harvesting, others do not. Lucy Brewster, Fortune, 14 July 2022 Google Analytics collects vital site and app data and translates these details into information that business owners can utilize for real change. Yec, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 How the Bengals will utilize Mixon more in the upcoming season is one of the more intriguing questions. Kelsey Conway, The Enquirer, 30 July 2022 The actress emphasizes the importance that parents utilize their support system when navigating the ups and downs in their child's life. Angela Andaloro, PEOPLE.com, 28 July 2022 The dual stores are set to open this fall and will utilize both levels of the former Carson’s building. Bob Bong, Chicago Tribune, 26 July 2022 See More

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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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15 Aug 2022

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“Utilize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utilize. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for utilize


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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