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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After all, the car-centric city makes wearing fabulous (and sky-high!) heels that much more convenient. Neesha Arter, Vogue, "Lottie Moss, Christina Ricci, and More Checked Into Roger Vivier’s Make-Believe Hotel," 3 Apr. 2019 Take a task off your calendar or move it to a more convenient or less stressful time. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This 30-Day Mental Health Challenge Is Like a Makeover for Your Mood," 1 Apr. 2019 In mid-December, the port awarded nearly $12 million to erect a crude oil storage tank yard and pumping terminal at a more convenient place, Harbor Island, where VLCCs like the Hong Kong Spirit will be able to fill to the brim. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Energy Coast," 19 Mar. 2019 That makes everything slightly less secure, but more convenient. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Who needs Windows 10 Pro: 5 reasons to upgrade," 5 Mar. 2019 That’s excellent news for your lunch hour: While the chain has had a solid online ordering system in place for a while now, the drive-thru windows promise to make the pick-up experience more streamlined and a *lot* more convenient. refinery29.com, "Don't Call It A Drive-Thru, But Chipotle Is Making It Easier To Order Food," 28 May 2018 In addition to the whole more-sustainable thing, mussels cultivated in this way are, well, a hell of a lot more convenient to work with than wild mussels. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "These Are the Only Mussels You Should Buy," 9 Apr. 2018 Google Flights is a convenient resource to quickly aggregate flight cost/availability information from third-party sites in an easy-to-use calendar format. Annie Daly, SELF, "7 Tips for Planning a Cheap Getaway Somewhere Warm," 20 Mar. 2019 Refillables once dominated industries such as beer and soft drinks but lost out to convenient, affordable single-use containers. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "The World’s Biggest Brands Want You to Refill Your Orange Juice and Deodorant," 24 Jan. 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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