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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Recent Examples on the Web The theme of this year's Smart Home was to make staying at home not only easier, but more convenient. Nathalie Kirby, House Beautiful, "Tiffany Brooks Shares How This Year Influenced the Design of HGTV's 2021 Smart Home," 7 Apr. 2021 Any squishiness in wording can provide a loophole for people to pick at, or to massage into a more convenient shape. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "Vaccine Cheat Days Are Adding Up," 4 Apr. 2021 For example, investigators have turned to remote data collection methods that are safer and more convenient for participants. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "COVID Showed How Trials for New Drugs Could Be Faster and Better," 2 Apr. 2021 With the advent of the now ubiquitous automobile, the hills and valleys on the edges of our paradise began to succumb to the post-World War II pattern of building that was convenient to the now suburban commuter. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Opinion: Your Say on proposal to eliminate single-family home zoning," 2 Apr. 2021 Belize is celebrated for its scuba diving, and Turneffe is convenient to some of the region’s most coveted dive sites. Washington Post, "With covid protocols, a Caribbean fly-fishing haven is back in business," 2 Apr. 2021 In addition, the new shelter had space to hold many more animals than the old facility, and its central location in the county would be far more convenient to most residents and to the many volunteers who walk the shelter's dogs. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland County Animal Shelter, under pressure from critics, gets help from national expert," 1 Apr. 2021 Furthermore, the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines in particular may be more convenient to transform into booster shots that specifically target variants due to their underlying technologies. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Why U.S. COVID cases are plateauing even though millions are getting vaccinated," 23 Mar. 2021 The one-star Amazon bag reviews all said the same thing: The company had responded to complaints about the defective zipper by reconfiguring the design and adding a new, hideous zipper in a more convenient place. James Lileks, Star Tribune, "Lileks: Winning the extended-warranty game," 21 Mar. 2021

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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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14 Apr 2021

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“Convenient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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


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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