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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Neither means of access is very convenient: the roll top requires two hands to manipulate the latch and then unroll all the material, while access via the TIZIP requires one hand to grasp the bag firmly while the other yanks the TIZIP open. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "‘The world’s most versatile waterproof backpack’ review," 20 Nov. 2018 For many, finding quick, convenient, lasting products starts in the freezer aisle – 33 percent of respondents shop this section at least once a week. Zoya Gervis, Fox News, "Majority of Americans no longer eat 3 meals a day, study finds," 27 Sep. 2018 In summary: What could be more convenient than that? Elizabeth Kiefer, Glamour, "Amazon's Little-Known Beauty Sample Shop Is the Best Discovery I Ever Made," 8 Aug. 2018 Right now, that translates to low prices and convenient services that keep consumers happy — including during its annual discount-fest. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Happy Prime Day! Experts worry Amazon is building a dangerous monopoly.," 17 July 2018 Many of the trucks specialize in signature items that appeal to foodies looking for new tastes that are quick, convenient and inexpensive. Graydon Megan,, "Elmhurst aldermen to consider allowing food trucks, rooftop decks," 12 June 2018 Target is using the new, convenient service as part of a multifaceted strategy to fight Amazon’s and Walmart’s quest for total retail domination. Doreen Christensen,, "Target and Walmart offer new free services as Amazon ends Whole Foods digital coupons | Doreen's Deals," 20 Apr. 2018 Another convenient service coming to MCDL members is Automatic Renewals of library materials. Mary Jane Brewer,, "Medina County District library News," 12 Mar. 2018 And how cool is this—in September, a gondola will usher people up to the park from the street below (word is the 10 access points from the transit center are more convenient, but still...). Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "San Francisco's New Transit Center Is Now Open After Two Decades," 23 Aug. 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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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 \

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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