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 pluralfacilities 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Police responded to a workout facility on July 22 for a report of a bicycle stolen from one of the patrons. Cheryl Higley, cleveland, "Woman loses thousands in bitcoin scam: Fairview Park police blotter," 31 July 2020 The family statement said Reed should have been taken to a medical facility instead of being detained. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, "Ex-Marine gets nine years in a Russian jail over a drunken incident he says cannot remember," 30 July 2020 Some of the students had run away from home; others were sent by courts to the facility. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "How foster care, adoption changed path of Tide’s top basketball recruiter," 13 July 2020 As soon as one proved safe and effective the formula would be licensed to every facility with the capability of manufacturing it. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "'No one is safe until everyone is safe': Vaccine nationalism threatens global coronavirus effort," 12 July 2020 The pandemic did lead to the facility closing its offices, which are at 12700 N. Featherwood, Suite 260 and at 6575 W. Loop South, Suite 275, Bellaire, for six weeks starting in March. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Breast cancer group’s plea: Don’t avoid testing now," 10 July 2020 On February 3, 2005, five days after the piece went live, she was identified and released to a mental health facility. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "The True Story Behind Netflix’s Distressing New Series Stateless Is Even More Troubling," 9 July 2020 In April 2019, the opening of Jewel Changi Airport, a massive stand-alone complex, added some extra sparkle to this top-flight facility. Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 10 International Airports," 8 July 2020 The Diamondbacks have separate coaching staffs dedicated to each facility. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Diamondbacks offer no details on absent players David Peralta, Kole Calhoun," 5 July 2020

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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

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The first known use of facility was in 1531

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3 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Facility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facility. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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facility

noun
How to pronounce facility (audio)

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

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