facility

noun
fa·​cil·​i·​ty | \ fə-ˈsi-lə-tē How to pronounce facility (audio) \
plural facilities

Definition of facility

1 : the quality of being easily performed
2 : ease in performance : aptitude has a great facility for writing
3 : readiness of compliance
4a(1) : something that makes an action, operation, or course of conduct easier usually used in plural facilities for studyThe resort has a wide range of facilities for young and old alike.
(2) : lavatory sense 2 often used in plural
b : something (such as a hospital) that is built, installed, or established to serve a particular purpose

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of facility in a Sentence

The facilities are at the end of the corridor. He had a great facility for writing. He had great facility with words. She handled the crisis with facility.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web That would involve either a pit toilet on Bureau of Land Management land or a solid waste facility in Quartzsite. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, "Quartzsite, Arizona, made famous by Oscar-winner 'Nomadland,' readies for new tourists," 27 Apr. 2021 Schenkelberg, who was just 24 when Pearl Harbor was attacked, killing 2,390 American service members and civilians, died on April 14 at a senior care facility in San Diego, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "'Outstanding' Navy 'Hero,' Thought to Be Oldest American Who Survived Pearl Harbor, Dies at 103," 26 Apr. 2021 Clayton Schenkelberg, who at age 103 was believed to be America’s oldest Pearl Harbor survivor, died April 14 at a senior care facility in the College Area. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Clayton Schenkelberg, reportedly the oldest Pearl Harbor survivor, dies at 103," 24 Apr. 2021 Right-hander Matt Manning is soon transitioning from the team's spring training facility in Lakeland, Florida, to Toledo. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers to activate Miguel Cabrera (biceps strain) from injured list this weekend," 23 Apr. 2021 This will increase the drainage area of the stormwater management facility in Taneytown by more than 100 acres. Ana Faguy, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll commissioners hear plan to reopen senior centers, increase county 911 fee," 22 Apr. 2021 The fire happened at a storage facility in White City, a community of about 8,000 residents about nine miles north of central Medford. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Oregon fire sends 2 to hospital, knocks out power for 200 homes, report says," 22 Apr. 2021 Its ally Israel recently mounted a cyberattack on a nuclear facility in central Iran. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "Keeping the lid on: Biden seeks to control three foreign crises," 22 Apr. 2021 Chauvin was found guilty of Floyd’s murder on Tuesday and is now imprisoned at the state's only maximum-security facility in Oak Park Heights. Jeremy Beaman, Washington Examiner, "George Floyd Square gives particular instructions for white visitors," 22 Apr. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'facility.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of facility

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for facility

Middle English facilite "gentleness," borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French facilité "quality of being easily performed," borrowed from Latin facilitāt-, facilitās, from facilis "easy, facile" + -itāt-, -itās -ity

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about facility

Time Traveler for facility

Time Traveler

The first known use of facility was in 1531

See more words from the same year

Statistics for facility

Last Updated

30 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Facility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facility. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for facility

facility

noun

English Language Learners Definition of facility

: something (such as a building or large piece of equipment) that is built for a specific purpose
: something that makes an action, operation, or activity easier
: skill and ease in doing something

facility

noun
fa·​cil·​i·​ty | \ fə-ˈsi-lə-tē How to pronounce facility (audio) \
plural facilities

Kids Definition of facility

1 : something built for a particular purpose a sports facility
2 : something that makes an action, operation, or activity easier Our hotel room had cooking facilities.
3 : ease in doing something She handled the job with facility.

facility

noun
fa·​cil·​i·​ty | \ fə-ˈsil-ət-ē How to pronounce facility (audio) \
plural facilities

Medical Definition of facility

1 : the quality of being easily performed
2 : ease in performance : aptitude
3 : something (as a hospital) that is built, installed, or established to serve a particular purpose

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on facility

What made you want to look up facility? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!