convenient

adjective
con·​ve·​nient | \ kən-ˈvēn-yənt \

Definition of convenient

1 obsolete : suitable, proper
2a : 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
3 : being near at hand : close a location convenient to the train station

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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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The amenity would be especially convenient at big international airports, where flyers often kill time napping in uncomfortable chairs between connecting flights. Brittany Meiling, The Seattle Times, "Would you rent a bed by the hour? ‘Napping pod’ startup targets exhausted workers, students," 12 Dec. 2018 From trimming vegetables to cutting herbs or just opening packages, a handy pair of heavy duty, dishwasher- safe shears are unfailingly convenient. 2. Cathy Deimeke, USA TODAY, "Ask a Doc: What can I do to make healthy eating fun and easy for my kids?," 4 July 2018 My favorite airline is the one that’s most convenient. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Travel Hacks of a Cruise Line CEO Who’s Logged 207,000 Miles in the Past Year," 15 June 2018 Timing a pregnancy — or a job switch — is never convenient. Charlotte Cowles, The Cut, "7 Women on Getting Hired While Pregnant," 1 June 2018 Walking trails, including one that is being expanded at Bidwell Village, are convenient. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Bidwell Village, Coventry," 5 Apr. 2018 Bodyweight exercises are totally sufficient for resistance training, not to mention super convenient and free. Amy Marturana, SELF, "An Easy-to-Follow Lower-Body Strength Routine for Beginner Weight Lifters," 3 Jan. 2019 Since then, these distance-sensing systems have only gotten smarter and more convenient. Blake Z. Rong, Popular Mechanics, "10 Innovations That Made the Modern Car," 4 Dec. 2018 Grandson could be either the most convenient and album-friendly relationship ever, or a savvy publicity stunt. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Ariana Grande’s greatest asset isn’t her amazing voice. It’s her resilience.," 11 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of convenient

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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 \

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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