utilize

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v utilize convert (from an investment trust to a unit trust)
    • v utilize put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose "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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, Americans spend $1300 on utility bills annually
    • v. t Utilize To make useful; to turn to profitable account or use; to make use of; as, to utilize the whole power of a machine; to utilize one's opportunities. "In former ages, the mile-long corridors, with their numerous alcoves, might have been utilized as . . . dungeons."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The basis of the Macintosh computer was Apple's Lisa which was released in 1983. This was the first system to utilize a GUI or Graphical User Interface. The first Macintosh was released in 1984.
    • utilize To turn to profitable account or use; make useful; make use of: as, to utilize a stream for driving machinery. Also spelled utilise.
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Quotations

  • Edwin Way Teale
    Edwin Way Teale
    “The difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and the spider web.”
  • Edward Dahlberg
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    “Utility is our national shibboleth: the savior of the American businessman is fact and his uterine half-brother, statistics.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Success is the proper utilization of failure.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
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    “Utility is the great idol of the age, to which all powers must do service and all talents swear allegiance.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
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    “Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. utiliser,

Usage

In literature:

A wise prince might draw from it two lessons of equal utility to himself.
"English Satires" by Various
And the utility of the palm has been at all times proverbial.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 1. (of 7): Chaldaea" by George Rawlinson
Utilize all that you give out.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
In this particular instance a crisis was also at hand, calculated to develop and utilize the impulse.
"A Short Life of Abraham Lincoln" by John G. Nicolay
Erik took care to inform himself exactly of the route followed by the "Vega," in order to utilize it for his own profit.
"The Waif of the "Cynthia"" by André Laurie and Jules Verne
Let us have the courage to admit, however, that these resources are only partly utilized as they can or should be.
"Musical Memories" by Camille Saint-Saëns
Everything was on a like scale of simple utility.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
Many families do no home baking, and where fruit and vegetables are preserved the basement is utilized.
"The Complete Home" by Various
They utilized floating myths for this purpose.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
The total weight of the engine is thus utilized for adhesion.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 643, April 28, 1888" by Various
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In poetry:

Thy merit, goodness, value, worth,
Expedience, utility--
O manna, honey, salt of earth,
I sing, I chant, I worship thee!
"To A Thesaurus" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Though 'gainst spring cheese some do mutter,
Yet spring milk also makes bad butter,
Then there doth arise the query
How to utilize it in the dairy.
"Dairy Ode" by James McIntyre
Who tells you how clever one Mr. Fun-blank is,
How charming his Articles 'gainst the Nobility; —
And assures you that even a gentleman's rank is,
In Jeremy's school, of no sort of utility.
"Ode to the Sublime Porte" by Thomas Moore
The real estate agent is saying, "Utilities . . .
easy payments, a view." I see
my prints in the dirt. Out there
in the wind we talk about credit, security—
there on the bank by Graydigger's home.
"Graydigger's Home" by William Stafford
Scythians, with Nature not at strife,
Light Arabs of our complex life,
They build no houses, plant no mills
To utilize Time's sliding river,
Content that it flow waste forever,
If they, like it, may have their wills.
"The Nomades" by James Russell Lowell
"It's a sort of a contraption which will work itself," he said,
"And, without studying, will put my lessons in my head."
He thought and puzzled o'er his plan, he worked with might and main
To utilize the wondrous schemes within his fertile brain:
"The Instructiphone" by Carolyn Wells

In news:

The study utilizes excellent field areas in Anatolia , the Asian portion of Turkey.
Advanced White Balance Aperture 's pro-level image enhancement features have always been great, but Apple has kicked things up a notch with the new version, which utilizes a whole new way to balance color.
The exact increase may differ for customers based on a number of variables, including the lanes utilized and the distance shipments move.
Cingular gets town utility tax credit.
Utilities bill scam strikes in Dalton.
First, sport utility vehicles offered passenger-car features like leather seats.
Cons TurboPC may have problems with low-level utilities.
Perhaps no solution is more utilized than a hot bowl of chicken soup.
Pete MacKay is retired, but his many years of political service and election experience is an asset that needs to be utilized and heeded now.
In this installment, we look at the java.util. concurrent package.
The Control Room Group, a division of AVI-SPL, has added Mary Jo Nye as business development manager focusing on the utility and process-control markets.
We're taking a look at a great way to cook utilizing vapor technology.
Subaru on mission to deliver coolness , utility with XV Crosstrek.
This is a delicious recipe to serve around Thanksgiving for breakfast, utilizing cranberries that are very popular this time of year.
Water utilities nationwide are increasingly selecting composite meters pending provisions to the Safe Water Drinking Act that will take effect in 2014, according to sales data from Sensus, a leading utility infrastructure company.
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In science:

First of all, we summarize the results obtained for the log-utility in Table 1. A relevant property of the logarithmic utility function is that the portfolio rule is independent of the discount factor, and it is the same for the precommitment, naive and sophisticated solutions.
Consumption and Portfolio Rules for Time-Inconsistent Investors
The B → K ν ¯ν search utilizes a Random Forest algorithm to separate signal and background, while the B → K ∗ν ¯ν analysis utilizes a maximum likelihood fit that relies on the differences in distribution of extra energy in the event between signal and background.
Rare Leptonic B and b -> s l+ l- Decays at B-factories
At a point 1/10 ≤ x ≤ 3/10 perturb the utility function of C in the following way: increase the utility of C for the interval (x − δ, x) by δ/2 and decrease his utility for the interval (x, x + δ) by the same amount.
On the Complexity of Envy-Free Cake Cutting
While there is truth to this approach, in reality individuals must balance several different utilities, and often make choices to improve a group utility rather than an individual utility, as shown experimentally by Colman et al. (2008).
Cooperation in Subset Team Games: Altruism and Selfishness
A cooperative game with transferable utility (TU game), sometimes called a coalition game, consists of (i) a set of players T and (ii) a payoff function (or utility function) u : 2T → R associating a particular value or utility to each subset of T .
Cooperation in Subset Team Games: Altruism and Selfishness
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