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 Testing has become more ubiquitous, but the clinics may not always be convenient. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Here’s what you need to know about getting a coronavirus test at the airport," 12 Nov. 2020 That style is convenient, Helgeson said, because the voting ward determines the polling place where the ballot will be counted and logged into poll books on Election Day. Nuha Dolby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's what happens to your absentee ballot after you send it in and before it's counted on Election Day," 29 Oct. 2020 Built with a premium quality plastic body and mesh design, Titan Mall stackable baskets are convenient to see inside and provide great ventilation to keep foods fresh and dry. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "The best bins and baskets to keep your pantry perfectly organized," 13 Oct. 2020 While a self-driving car would certainly be convenient, Musk added that safety could be the greatest benefit. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Elon Musk says Tesla's full self-driving Autopilot is coming soon and it's 'clearly going to work'," 23 Sep. 2020 These choices aren't necessarily convenient, but the team behind the Surfrider believes that strong ethics garner trust, particularly during a crisis. Shivani Ashoka, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Hotels Are Responding to the Needs of Their Communities," 14 Sep. 2020 For many seasonal employers, hiring foreign workers is convenient, and cost-effective. Justin Baer And Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Business Recovery Hampered for Some by Foreign-Worker Visa Bans," 6 Sep. 2020 In 1972, Imamu Clyde Halisi, the national chairman of the Black nationalist organization US, joked that the timing of Kwanzaa was convenient. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, "When is Kwanzaa? Here's When To Start Your 2020 Celebration.," 1 Sep. 2020 Watches have optical sensors and are super convenient, but usually can’t keep up with the highs and lows of HIIT workouts and/or quick bursts of power. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "Maximize your Peloton ride with these top-selling heart rate monitors on Amazon," 13 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of convenient was in the 14th century

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15 Nov 2020

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“Convenient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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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