transitive verb u·til·ized
To put to use, especially to find a profitable or practical use for. See Synonyms at use
Origin: French utiliser
Origin: , from Italian utilizzare
Origin: , from utile, useful
Origin: , from Latin ūtilis
Origin: , from ūtī, to use
- uˌtil·i·zaˈtion (-ĭ-zāˈshən) noun
A number of critics have remarked that utilize
is an unnecessary substitute for use.
It is true that many occurrences of utilize
could be replaced by use
with no loss to anything but pretentiousness, for example, in sentences such as They utilized questionable methods in their analysis
or We hope that many commuters will continue to utilize mass transit after the bridge has reopened.
can mean “to find a profitable or practical use for.” Thus the sentence The teachers were unable to use the new computers
might mean only that the teachers were unable to operate the computers, whereas The teachers were unable to utilize the new computers
suggests that the teachers could not find ways to employ the computers in instruction.