utilize u‧til‧ize [ˈjuːtlaɪz] also utilise verb [transitive]
to use something effectively:

• The offices have a heating system that utilizes solar energy.

— utilization noun [uncountable] :

• the full utilization of the oil pipeline

— see also plant utilization

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utilization UK US (UK also utilisation) /ˌjuːtɪlaɪˈzeɪʃən/ US  /-ṱəlɪ-/ noun [U]
PRODUCTION the amount of something available, produced, etc. compared with the total amount that exists or that could be produced: »

The number of working rigs in Mediterranean waters was 92 out of a total fleet of 103, a utilization rate of 89.3%.


Capacity utilization fell to 84.1%.

the process of using something effectively: »

The audit found there could be a better utilization of resources throughout the company.


effective/maximum utilization

See also PLANT UTILIZATION(Cf. ↑plant utilization)

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