tr.v. u·til·ized, u·til·iz·ing, u·til·iz·es
To put to use, especially to make profitable or effective use of: an approach to the problem that utilizes the latest research; how plants utilize nutrients to produce seeds.
[French utiliser, from Italian utilizzare, from utile, useful, from Latin ūtilis, from ūtī, to use.]
u′til·i·zation (-ĭ-zāshən) n.
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