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 The new facility will provide 50 percent more seating than the current stadium, which was built in 1969. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "Week 5 high school football predictions: North Central-Center Grove, St. X-Cathedral and more," 17 Sep. 2020 LaSalle also operates the Georgia immigration detention facility where a nurse on Monday claimed that staff had performed questionable hysterectomies. Jake Bleiberg, Star Tribune, "Lawsuit: Private jail company caused Texas woman's death," 16 Sep. 2020 The state began tracking nursing home cases by facility on April 15. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Coronavirus-related nursing home deaths increase to 2,917 in Ohio; 64% of all COVID-19 deaths in the state," 16 Sep. 2020 Wooten said the facility declined to use two rapid-testing COVID-19 machines that ICE purchased for $14,000 each. orlandosentinel.com, "Democrats to investigate claims of forced hysterectomies at ICE detention center in Georgia," 16 Sep. 2020 Facility C — the 84-person facility — didn’t require masks for anyone. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "What we know about Utah’s school outbreaks and how kids can transmit the coronavirus," 16 Sep. 2020 But if the money was spread equally throughout the 951 public health facilities treating the country's Covid-19 patients, each facility would receive little more than $5,000 each. Matt Rivers, CNN, "The strange story of Mexico's presidential plane lottery," 16 Sep. 2020 The Giants play their biggest rivals, the Dodgers, March 4 in Scottsdale and March 9 at the Dodgers’ facility. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ spring training schedule announced; never too early to look beyond 2020," 16 Sep. 2020 Similar rules at Garrigus are now relaxed and those students will be able to return to in-person classes and the Putnam Dining facility returned Wednesday to normal operations, Daugherty said. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "UConn lifts COVID-19 lockdown at dorm as cases slowly spread at quarantined, off-campus apartments," 16 Sep. 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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20 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Facility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facility. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for facility

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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