Just because you see utilize” in print or hear it in the office does not make it a good word choice. 

Utilize” is an overblown word that means to use.”

It has no other meaning, not even a subtle one, than does use.”

Using utilize” rather than use” can make you appear pompous to many.  



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Donna Reeder

Style books recommend not writing utilize.Ever. 

Sometimes, writers for business, corporate, academic or government publications will use overblown language in trying to sound more profound, substantial or technical.
o achieve this, they often choose a word like utilize” instead of use, just as they create needless technojargon to try to sound impressive. Utilize” contributes nothing of value.
This pumping up of language by using needlessly big words looks foolish in the eyes of many knowledgable readers.