convenience

noun
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.

convenience

adjective

Definition of convenience (Entry 2 of 2)

: designed for quick and easy preparation or use convenience foods

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Synonyms & Antonyms for convenience

Synonyms: Noun

accommodation, amenity, comfort, creature comfort, luxury, mod con [chiefly British], nicety

Antonyms: Noun

burden, millstone, weight

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Proponents of these programs often argue that facial recognition in airports promotes security while providing convenience. Allie Funk, WIRED, "I Opted Out of Facial Recognition at the Airport—It Wasn't Easy," 2 July 2019 But the social-media company will need to assure its users that Libra’s convenience doesn’t come with the cost of compromising privacy. Kurt Wilberding, WSJ, "Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency: How It Stacks Up to Bitcoin and PayPal," 28 June 2019 Spotify’s option of voice search offered convenience for users who would rather speak a search query than type it out. Xavier Harding, Fortune, "Spotify's Pre-Save Feature Gives Record Labels User Data, Account Access," 28 June 2019 Some airports and convenience stops are well-stocked with plenty of healthy items while others — even in big cities — leave you with few nutritious options. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "The best healthy travel snacks, according to nutritionists and dietitians," 26 June 2019 Taking on the first leap: a convenience sample of chiropractic patients is not necessarily representative of the population overall. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Debunked: The absurd story about smartphones causing kids to sprout horns," 21 June 2019 Without that, their price starts to feel unjustifiable in the modern world of true wireless convenience at the same or lower price, alongside better and cheaper neckbuds from OnePlus and Huawei at the $99 mark. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "RHA releases wireless edition of the excellent T20 earphones," 20 June 2019 In the company’s best-case scenario, Libra will serve as a more effective cross-border money transfer service based on the promise of speed, lower costs and increased convenience for both senders and receivers. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "What does Facebook’s Libra currency mean for Africa?," 20 June 2019 Locals laughed at the idea of staying somewhere with so few modern conveniences. The Economist, "Domestic travellers have revived Bangladesh’s tourism industry," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of convenience

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1917, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for convenience

Noun

see convenient

Adjective

see convenient

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The first known use of convenience was in the 14th century

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convenience

noun

English Language Learners Definition of convenience

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a quality or situation that makes something easy or useful for someone by reducing the amount of work or time required to do something
: a time that is appropriate for doing something or that is suitable for someone
: something (such as a device) that makes you more comfortable or allows you to do things more easily

convenience

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of convenience (Entry 2 of 2)

: designed for quick and easy preparation

convenience

noun
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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