facility

noun

fa·​cil·​i·​ty fə-ˈsi-lə-tē How to pronounce facility (audio)
plural facilities
1
: the quality of being easily performed
2
: ease in performance : aptitude
has a great facility for writing
3
: readiness of compliance
4
a(1)
: something that makes an action, operation, or course of conduct easier
usually used in plural
facilities for study
The 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

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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of facility was in 1531

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Cite this Entry

“Facility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facility. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

facility

noun
fa·​cil·​i·​ty fə-ˈsil-ət-ē How to pronounce facility (audio)
plural facilities
1
: freedom from difficulty : ease
handled with facility
2
: skill and ease in doing something
a great facility for writing well
3
a
: something that makes an action, operation, or activity easier
usually used in plural
facilities for study
b
: something (as a hospital) that is put up for a particular purpose

Medical Definition

facility

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