verb (used with object), u·ti·lized, u·ti·liz·ing.
- to put to use; turn to profitable account: to utilize a stream to power a mill.
- (tr) to make practical or worthwhile use of
1807, from French utiliser, from Italian utilizzare, from utile “usable,” from Latin utilis “usable,” from uti (see use (v.)). Utilize is fast antiquating improve, in the sense of ‘turn to account.’ [Fitzedward Hall, “Modern English,” 1873]