2019-02-01

[英文筆記][區別/差異] use vs utilize difference

By dewdewcheng

utilize (v) to use something in an effective way

使用;利用;應用

use (v) to put something to a particular purpose

使用;利用;運用

這兩個字中文意思都一樣,在使用上有不一樣嗎?

有的人會把這兩個字當成相同意思(可互換),但是其實兩個字是有差異的。

When you utilize something you give it a new use that it may not originally have had. (使用”Utilize”時,這個東西的用途可能跟它一開始存在的目的已經不同了。)

比方說,筆的用途是拿來畫圖或是寫字,而不是當成武器。所以:

You can use my pencil for the sketch if yours is blunt.

The airport security confiscated her pencil because they were concerned that it may be utilized as a weapon.

再比方說,會議室conference room是開會的用途,而不是拿來舉辦派對使用。所以:

Please use the conference room for the team meeting this afternoon.

The restaurant is fully booked so we’ll have to utilize the office conference room for our Christmas party.

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