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 for utilize
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Utilize \U"til*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Utilized; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Utilizing.] [Cf. F. utiliser.]
     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.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           In former ages, the mile-long corridors, with their
           numerous alcoves, might have been utilized as . . .
           dungeons.                                --Hawthorne.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  utilize
      v 1: 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" [syn: use, utilize, utilise, apply,
           employ]
      2: convert (from an investment trust to a unit trust)

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  24 Moby Thesaurus words for "utilize":
     apply, bestow, do with, employ, exercise, exert, exploit, handle,
     make use of, manage, manipulate, operate, play, ply, practice,
     process, procure materials, promote, stock, stock up, store, use,
     wield, work
  
  

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