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

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 Using a rapid test can be much more convenient, especially if people feel unwell at home—and these tests do work great for that. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 23 Nov. 2021 Libby’s offers nutritious vegetables that are also delicious that my family enjoys and [are] convenient. Essence, 22 Nov. 2021 Critics have suggested that the concept could cause gentrification by further concentrating wealth in the most accessible and convenient districts. CNN, 10 Nov. 2021 The arm rests also move forward and inward which is convenient. Omaid Homayun, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 This may be convenient, since the Astro2020 survey calls for a telescope somewhere between the size of LUVOIR-B, the smaller version of the telescope’s design, at 8 meters, and HabEx, at 4 meters. Chris Wright, Wired, 4 Nov. 2021 For The Croft, an event venue in downtown Phoenix, the shut-offs have been able to be scheduled at times that were more convenient, but issues like unexpected roadwork have been a challenge. Megan Taros, The Arizona Republic, 4 Nov. 2021 Served by the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport as well as Amtrak, the city is accessible and convenient to additional amenities in nearby Greenville. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 20 Sep. 2021 Many transit agencies are prioritizing making service more accessible and convenient for them, and low-income housing on Metro land near transit fits with the goals of Metro’s board. Washington Post, 16 June 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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“Convenient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 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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