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adjective use·ful \ˈyüs-fəl\

Simple Definition of useful

  • : helping to do or achieve something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of useful

  1. 1 :  capable of being put to use; especially :  serviceable for an end or purpose <useful tools>

  2. 2 :  of a valuable or productive kind <do something useful with your life>

usefully

play \-fə-lē\ adverb

Examples of useful in a sentence

  1. Does anyone have any useful suggestions?

  2. It can be useful to know CPR.

  3. The Internet is useful for finding information quickly.

  4. She has become one of the team's most useful players.

  5. Why don't you do something useful with your life?



1595

First Known Use of useful

1595



USEFUL Defined for Kids

useful

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adjective use·ful \ˈyüs-fəl\

Definition of useful for Students

  1. 1 :  capable of being put to use :  usable <useful scraps of material>

  2. 2 :  helpful in doing or achieving something <If you are ever planning a vacation, you may find it useful to acquire a guidebook … — Lemony Snicket, The Miserable Mill>

usefully

\-fə-lē\ adverb

usefulness

noun




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