transitive verb (-lized; -lizing) Etymology: French utiliser, from utile Date: 1807 to make use of ; turn to practical use or account <
I'm a great person for utilizing waste power — Robert Frost
Synonyms: see useutilizable adjectiveutilization nounutilizer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Utilize — U til*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Utilized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Utilizing}.] [Cf. F. utiliser.] To make useful; to turn to profitable account or use; to make use of; as, to utilize the whole power of a machine; to utilize one s opportunities. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • utilize — index adopt, apply (put in practice), capitalize (seize the chance), consume, employ (make use of), exercise ( …   Law dictionary

  • utilize — u‧til‧ize [ˈjuːtlaɪz] also utilise verb [transitive] to use something effectively: • The offices have a heating system that utilizes solar energy. utilization noun [uncountable] : • the full utilization of the oil pipeline …   Financial and business terms

  • utilize — 1807, from Fr. utiliser, from It. utilizzare, from utile usable, from L. utilis usable, from uti (see USE (Cf. use) (v.)). Utilize is fast antiquating improve, in the sense of turn to account. [Fitzedward Hall, Modern English, 1873] …   Etymology dictionary

  • utilize — This 19c loanword has led a precarious life for a century and a half beside the much older word use (13c). In many contexts use is adequate and preferable, but a case can be made out for utilize when the emphasis is on practicality and effective… …   Modern English usage

  • utilize — (Amer.) u·ti·lize || juːtlaɪ / tɪl v. put to practical use; take advantage of (also utilise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • utilize — *use, employ, apply, avail Analogous words: *benefit, profit: *handle, manipulate, ply, wield: forward, further, promote, *advance …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • utilize — [v] make use of advance, apply, appropriate, avail oneself of, bestow, employ, exercise, exploit, forward, further, handle, have recourse to, profit by, promote, put to use, resort to, take advantage of, turn to account, use; concept 225 …   New thesaurus

  • utilize — (also utilise) ► VERB ▪ make practical and effective use of. DERIVATIVES utilizable adjective utilization noun. ORIGIN French utiliser, from Latin uti to use …   English terms dictionary

  • utilize — [yo͞ot′ l īz΄] vt. utilized, utilizing [Fr utiliser: see UTILE & IZE] to put to use; make practical or profitable use of SYN. USE utilizable adj. utilization n. utilizer n …   English World dictionary

  • utilize */ — UK [ˈjuːtɪlaɪz] / US [ˈjut(ə)lˌaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms utilize : present tense I/you/we/they utilize he/she/it utilizes present participle utilizing past tense utilized past participle utilized formal to use something This room is… …   English dictionary

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