convenient

adjective
con·​ve·​nient | \ kən-ˈvēn-yənt How to pronounce convenient (audio) \

Definition of convenient

1a : suited to personal comfort or to easy performance meeting at a convenient time
b : suited to a particular situation a convenient excuse
c : affording accommodation or advantage found it convenient to deal with both problems at the same time
2 : being near at hand : close a location convenient to the train station
3 obsolete : suitable, proper

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Other Words from convenient

conveniently adverb

Examples of convenient in a Sentence

"You know, you have a very convenient way, Alsi, of forgetting what happened two minutes ago." — Zadie Smith, White Teeth, (2000) 2001 It was more convenient to take my meals in bed, where all I had to do was push away my tray with its uneaten food and fall back upon my pillows … — Stanley Elkin, Harper's, January 1993 The Horses I would have you send to some good pasture … if you can find one convenient. — George Washington 10 May 1756, in The Papers of George Washington1984 … at last, after a dreadful struggle in a difficult place where there seemed to be no convenient branches at all, he got near the top. — J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, 1937 When is a convenient time for you to meet? The controls are located in a convenient spot on the dashboard. It might be more convenient to use a calculator, rather than adding the numbers yourself. a convenient method of cleaning windows Schools, churches, and stores are all convenient from here. The power failure was a convenient excuse to leave work early. The economic recession gave lawmakers a convenient pretext for passing the bill.
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Their routes are often poorly laid out, resulting in long and crowded rides and stops that often aren’t convenient or even easy to find. Matthew Kassel, WSJ, "How Cities Are Trying to Reinvent the Bus," 20 May 2019 Keep your personal information and documents somewhere safe and convenient. Nicole Pajer, SELF, "What I Wish I’d Known Before Dealing With a Medical Emergency While Traveling Abroad," 15 Apr. 2019 And taxis don't like to help with luggage, and other drivers get really pissed at you, so to have somebody helpful would be very convenient. Sarah Solomon, Town & Country, "Martha Stewart Slammed Uber on Instagram Last Year. Now They've Made Up.," 15 May 2019 The timing is terribly convenient—coming just as President Trump has begun engaging in negotiations with China amid the ongoing trade war. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Meanwhile, in China, Ivanka Trump’s Business Doesn’t Seem So Defunct After All," 22 Jan. 2019 There is nothing about it that’s convenient, nothing about that is easy. Rebecca Nelson, Marie Claire, "2019's Barrier-Breaking Politicians Get to Work," 3 Jan. 2019 With a baby due in July, Rigzin Dolker, who used to work at call centers in Delhi, finds Amazon to be far more convenient than trekking into town. New York Times, "Delivering Amazon Packages to the Top of the World," 2 July 2018 The development’s location is also convenient because Vermont is the second-most traveled transit corridor in the county, officials said. Laura J. Nelson, latimes.com, "Building L.A.'s rail system will create thousands of jobs. Can a transportation boarding school fill them?," 18 June 2018 Instead of finding his own path, Big fell victim to a world that forces young black people to fulfill social roles that are most convenient for those around them for the sake of success in white spaces, as opposed to being their truest selves. Prince Shakur, Teen Vogue, ""Native Son" Reflects a World Where Young Black Men Are Often Set Up to Fail," 16 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of convenient

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for convenient

Middle English, from Latin convenient-, conveniens, from present participle of convenire to assemble, come together, be suitable, from com- + venire to come — more at come

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convenient

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of convenient

: allowing you to do something easily or without trouble
: located in a place that is nearby and easy to get to
: giving you a reason to do something that you want to do

convenient

adjective
con·​ve·​nient | \ kən-ˈvē-nyənt How to pronounce convenient (audio) \

Kids Definition of convenient

1 : suited to a person's comfort or ease a convenient time a convenient house
2 : suited to a certain use convenient tools
3 : easy to get to a convenient location

Other Words from convenient

conveniently adverb

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