convenient

adjective
con·​ve·​nient | \ kən-ˈvēn-yənt How to pronounce convenient (audio) \

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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Still locally owned and dedicated to the people and families of the Pacific Northwest with 68 convenient neighborhood locations. Bartell Drugs, The Seattle Times, "It’s time to think about back-to-school vaccinations," 14 Aug. 2018 These clinics thrive on providing same-day appointments in convenient locations with low out-of-pocket costs for ailments that might not warrant a trip to the emergency room or standard doctor’s office. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Doctors fear urgent care centers are wildly overusing antibiotics—for profit," 17 July 2018 This will be followed by a honeymoon phase, where everything is shiny and new, convenient and incredibly exciting. Lucie Zhang, Vogue, "What Living in New York Teaches You About Love," 7 Feb. 2019 Hotel life can be lavish and super convenient, but don't barricade yourself in. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Stories of IRL Eloise: People Who Live in Hotels," 30 Nov. 2018 The company and its product, marketed as a sustainable and convenient alternative to plastic bags, were born out of necessity. Ethan Millman, latimes.com, "How one couple turned grocery bagging into a fast-growing business," 29 June 2018 So much more convenient than having to actually go to a gas station, like a plebe. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Kim Kardashian And Kanye West’s New Miami Condo Refills Their Gas Tanks," 17 Jan. 2019 For Lincoln and Bush both called on us to choose the right over the convenient, to hope rather than to fear, and to heed not our worst impulses, but our best instincts. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Jon Meacham's Eulogy for George H.W. Bush: Read What the President's Biographer Had to Say," 5 Dec. 2018 In short, by making taxis cheaper and more convenient, companies like Waymo are likely to expand the taxi market significantly. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Self-driving cars will destroy a lot of jobs—they’ll also create a lot," 24 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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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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