I'm looking for a synonym for utilize that sounds less dry and emphasizes that nothing is being wasted.

"The program utilized all the supercomputer's resources."

Ideally, this word would make the word "all" redundant.

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Two options are exploit and harness:

exploit NOAD
make full use of and derive benefit from (a resource):
500 companies sprang up to exploit this new technology

harness Macmillan
harness the computer's potential

Both words, especially exploit, fit your bill:

The program exploited/harnessed the supercomputer's resources.


You could go with exhaust or deplete.


You can use used up, consumed, finished, spent, depleted, empty, drained.

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