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"Utilizar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to use", and "usar" is a transitive verb which is also often translated as "to use". Learn more about the difference between "utilizar" and "usar" below.
utilizar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to make use of)
a. to use
Utiliza la llave de rueda para reemplazar esa llanta ponchada.Use this socket wrench to replace that flat tire.
b. to utilize
Los médicos utilizan un sistema para determinar el tratamiento exacto.Doctors utilize a system to determine the exact treatment.
2. (clothing, accessories)
a. to wear
En verano, es recomendable utilizar gafas de sol.During summer, wearing sunglasses is recommended.
3. (to abuse)
a. to take advantage
Hay que utilizar los beneficios de trabajar con el gobierno.One must take advantage of the benefits of working for the government.
4. (to employ)
a. to harness
Ahora pueden utilizar la energía solar para crear electricidad.They can now harness solar energy to create electricity.
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usar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to utilize)
a. to use
Puedes usar mi teléfono viejo si no logras encontrar el tuyo.You can use my old phone if you don't manage to find yours.
2. (to have on)
a. to wear
Voy a usar mi chaqueta nueva cuando haga frío.I'm going to wear my new jacket when it gets cold.
usarse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
3. (to be in fashion)
a. to be worn
En verano se vuelven a usar los vestidos y las faldas.In summer, dresses and skirts are worn again.
b. to be in fashion
Se usaban los overoles en los ochenta y los noventa.Overalls were in fashion in the eighties and nineties.
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