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UTILIZE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does utilize mean? 

UTILIZE (verb)
  The verb UTILIZE has 2 senses:

1. put into service; make work or employ (something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
2. convert (from an investment trust to a unit trust)

  Familiarity information: UTILIZE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


UTILIZE (verb)


Sense 1utilize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put into service; make work or employ (something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

apply; employ; use; utilise; utilize

Context examples:

use your head! / we only use Spanish at home / I can't use this tool / Apply a magnetic field here / This thinking was applied to many projects / How do you utilize this tool? / I apply this rule to get good results / use the plastic bags to store the food / He doesn't know how to use a computer

Cause:

apply; go for; hold (be pertinent or relevant or applicable)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "utilize"):

commit; consecrate; dedicate; devote; give (give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause)

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)

recycle; reprocess; reuse (use again after processing)

cannibalise; cannibalize (use parts of something to repair something else)

overdrive; overuse (make use of too often or too extensively)

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)

fall back; recur; resort (have recourse to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something to somebody
Somebody ----s something PP
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They utilize the animals


Sense 2utilize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Convert (from an investment trust to a unit trust)

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Hypernyms (to "utilize" is one way to...):

change; commute; convert; exchange (exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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