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utility

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noun util·i·ty \yü-ˈti-lə-tē\

Simple Definition of utility

  • : the quality or state of being useful

  • : a service (such as a supply of electricity or water) that is provided to the public

  • : a company that provides electricity, water, etc.

Full Definition of utility

plural util·i·ties

  1. 1 :  fitness for some purpose or worth to some end

  2. 2 :  something useful or designed for use

  3. 3 a :  public utility b (1) :  a service (as light, power, or water) provided by a public utility (2) :  equipment or a piece of equipment to provide such service or a comparable service

  4. 4 :  a program or routine designed to perform or facilitate especially routine operations (as copying files or editing text) on a computer

Examples of utility

  1. a plan without much practical utility

  2. Notify the utility if there's an outage.



Origin of utility

Middle English utilite, from Anglo-French utilité, from Latin utilitat, utilitas, from utilis useful, from uti to use


First Known Use: 14th century


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utility

adjective util·i·ty

Simple Definition of utility

  • : designed for general use

  • sports : able to be used in several different positions or roles

  • : made to be useful rather than decorative

Full Definition of utility

  1. 1 :  capable of serving as a substitute in various roles or positions <a utility infielder>

  2. 2 a :  kept to provide a useful product or service rather than for show or as a pet <utility livestock> <a utility dog> b :  being of a usable but inferior grade <utility beef>

  3. 3 :  serving primarily for utility rather than beauty :  utilitarian

  4. 4 :  designed or adapted for general use <a utility tool>

  5. 5 :  of or relating to a utility <a utility company>

1851

First Known Use of utility

1851




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