con·​ve·​nience | \ kən-ˈvēn-yən(t)s How to pronounce convenience (audio) \

Definition of convenience

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : fitness or suitability for performing an action or fulfilling a requirement
2a : something (such as an appliance, device, or service) conducive to comfort or ease modern camping conveniences
b chiefly British : toilet sense 1
3 : a suitable or convenient time Call me at your convenience.
4 : freedom from discomfort : ease The forms can be filled out online for your convenience.



Definition of convenience (Entry 2 of 2)

: designed for quick and easy preparation or use convenience foods

Synonyms & Antonyms for convenience

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of convenience in a Sentence

Noun An elevator was available for the shoppers' convenience. I enjoy the convenience of living near a post office. For your convenience, we have added a feature that allows you to pay your bills over the Internet. Please come to my office at your earliest convenience. Our hotel room was equipped with all the modern conveniences. They enjoyed the conveniences of flying first class. Adjective Frozen pizza is a popular convenience food. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun QuikTrip, a national chain of convenience stores and gas stations, plans to open its second location in Alabama in late May. Mary Colurso |, al, 14 May 2022 Kendra Zuniga, an insurance agent and a mother of a 10-month-old in Texas, said her nearby supermarkets and convenience stores have been low on formula since March. Jaewon Kang, WSJ, 13 May 2022 Empyreal, based in Pennsylvania, deploys armored cars to carry cash for pot dispensaries, convenience stores and other clients in many states. Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 Another surprising pandemic casualty, gum sales tumbled in the early days of Covid, as foot traffic at convenience stores slowed and more people stayed home. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 10 May 2022 Committee members said that under the new proposal, gas stations, convenience stores, package stores, supermarkets and other retailers would be prohibited from selling the products. Jenna Carlesso, Hartford Courant, 7 May 2022 Through her installations Halsey is honoring the community that nurtured and inspired her — not only her mother, a teacher, or her father, an accountant, but the church, the convenience stores, her bus route, her relatives and community centers. New York Times, 6 May 2022 Walgreens’ mission is to create the most convenience for its customers as possible. Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 The system is not unlike what grocery stores offer as a convenience for customers who don’t have the time or means to do traditional shopping, Loaves & Fishes President/CEO Mike Havala said. David Sharos,, 17 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Mercury Retail is Russia's largest ultra-convenience retailer, operating a vast network of approximately 13,500 neighborhood stores nationwide. Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of convenience


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1917, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for convenience


see convenient


see convenient

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18 May 2022

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“Convenience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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con·​ve·​nience | \ kən-ˈvē-nyəns How to pronounce convenience (audio) \

Kids Definition of convenience

1 : the quality or state of being available, easy to use, useful, or helpful Shoppers enjoy the convenience of an elevator.
2 : personal comfort I thought only of my own convenience.
3 : opportunity sense 1 Come at your earliest convenience.
4 : something that gives comfort or advantage They live in a house with modern conveniences.

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