utilize vs use : Common Errors in English

About utilize vs use

The best use for “utilize” is to mean “make use of”: “Ryan utilized his laptop in the library mainly as a pillow to rest his head on.” In most contexts, “use” is simpler and clearer. Many readers consider “utilize” pretentious.

utilize Meaning(s)

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

use Meaning(s)

  • (n) the act of using
  • (n) what something is used for
  • (n) a particular service
  • (n) (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing
  • (n) (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition
  • (n) exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage
  • (n) (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property
  • (v) put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
  • (v) take or consume (regularly or habitually)
  • (v) use up, consume fully
  • (v) seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage
  • (v) avail oneself to
  • (v) habitually do something (use only in the past tense)

utilize in News

  1. FHN Unveils Xenex’s Germ-Zapping Robot to Enhance Patient Safety

    FHN is the first healthcare entity in northern Illinois to utilize a Xenex robot to disinfect patient rooms, operating rooms and other areas. Requiring only 5-10 minutes to disinfe
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Target Hikes Dividend - Analyst Blog

    Target Corporation ( TGT ), the operator of general merchandise and food discount stores, revealed its plan to utilize its free cash to boost stakeholders' return by announcing a dividend
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Nasdaq

  3. The 3 Best Ways for the New England Patriots to Utilize Tim Tebow

    After an unproductive season with the New York Jets that ended in his release from the team, free-agent quarterback Tim Tebow signed with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, according to ESPN . With two-time NFL MVP Tom Brady secure in his position as the starting quarterback, the Patriots will have to utilize Tebow in a backup role or at another position.  ESPN's Ed Werder on Tim Tebow: "I ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Bleacher Report

use in News

  1. Growing Use of Web Applications in Asia-Pacific Businesses Spurs Installation of Web Application Firewalls, Finds ...

    SINGAPORE, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The increasing use of web applications in enterprises, along with the rise in cyber attacks and regulatory requirements, has lent momentum to the web application ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Heroin use and deaths up in WA, especially in youth

    SEATTLE -- Heroin use and related deaths have increased significantly across Washington over the past decade. A new study released Wednesday say the increase is especially noticeable among people younger than 30. Young people are finding it cheaper and easier to get heroin than prescription opiates, and both kinds of drugs offer a similar high and danger of addiction. That's according to Caleb ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: KREM.com Spokane

  3. Heroin use, deaths up in WA, especially in youth

    Heroin use and related deaths have increased significantly across Washington over the past decade. A new study released Wednesday say the increase is especially noticeable among people younger than 30.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Seattle Times

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