u til ize (tr. v.) To put to use, esp. to find a profitable or practical use for.J
USAGE NOTE: Many critics regard utilize as an unnecessary and pretentious substitute for use. But this is not true in all cases. Utilize can mean "to find a profitable or practical use for." Thus, the sentence The teachers were unable to use the new computers might mean only that the teachers were unable to operate the computers, whereas The teachers were unable to utilize the new computers suggests that the teachers could not find ways to employ the computers in instruction.
From The American Heritage College Dictionary. 4th edition.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Something they should teach in library school...
Posted by J at 2:29 PM