utilize

To utilize is to use what you have or what's available, and it's a three-syllable word meaning the same thing as the one-syllable "use."

The word utilize is often a more formal way to express "putting something to use." If you don’t have time to go to the store but you need to come up with a science project, you might utilize what's already in the kitchen. Most of the time you can use the verb use as a synonym for utilize. You can utilize a shorter word to make a sentence easier to read.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: utilize

1
v
put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
2
v
convert (from an investment trust to a unit trust)
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: utilize
1

v put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

“How do you utilize this tool?”
Synonyms:
apply, employ, use, utilise
apply, practice, use
avail oneself to
Types:
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commit, consecrate, dedicate, devote, give
give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
play
employ in a game or in a specific position
play
use or move
pull out all the stops
use all resources available
assign, put
attribute or give
ply
use diligently
address
address or apply oneself to something, direct one's efforts towards something, such as a question
waste
use inefficiently or inappropriately
misapply, misuse
apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly
avail
use to one's advantage
overdrive, overuse
make use of too often or too extensively
cannibalise, cannibalize
use parts of something to repair something else
recycle, reprocess, reuse
use again after processing
exploit, work
use or manipulate to one's advantage
exploit, tap
draw from; make good use of
extend, strain
use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity
exercise, exert
put to use
enjoy
have benefit from
take
travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route
share
use jointly or in common
put to work, work
cause to work
implement
apply in a manner consistent with its purpose or design
fall back, recur, resort
have recourse to
exercise, work, work out
give a workout to
warm up
cause to do preliminary exercises so as to stretch the muscles
maximise, maximize
make the most of
consecrate, vow
dedicate to a deity by a vow
rededicate
dedicate anew
promote
change a pawn for a better piece by advancing it to the eighth row, or change a checker piece for a more valuable piece by moving it to the row closest to your opponent
repose
put or confide something in a person or thing
rehash
present or use over, with no or few changes
make hay
turn to one's advantage
play
use to one's advantage
harness
exploit the power of
mine
get from the earth by excavation
quarry
extract (something such as stones) from or as if from a quarry
overexploit
exploit excessively
commercialize
exploit for maximal profit, usually by sacrificing quality
milk
exploit as much as possible
overextend, overstrain
strain excessively
task, tax
use to the limit
avail, help
take or use
feed, prey
profit from in an exploitatory manner
computerise, computerize, cybernate
control a function, process, or creation by a computer
reclaim, recover
reuse (materials from waste products)
double up
share a room or a bed designed for only one person
pool
combine into a common fund
communalise, communalize
make something the property of the commune or community
rack
put on a rack and pinion
exploit, overwork
work excessively hard
apply
apply oneself to
use
seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage
2

v convert (from an investment trust to a unit trust)

Type of:
change, commute, convert, exchange
exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category
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