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 That includes health care workers, some first responders and long-term care facility residents. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Alabama doctor: Skipping COVID-19 vaccine like playing Russian roulette," 4 Jan. 2021 Four Mesquite residents also died: a woman in her 80s, and three long-term care facility residents: two men and a woman, each in their 90s. Dana Branham, Dallas News, "Dallas County adds 3,851 coronavirus cases, 10 deaths in 2-day total," 3 Jan. 2021 Some local health care providers say vaccines for the next groups of people, beyond health care workers and long-term care facility residents, could be weeks away. Lisa Schencker, chicagotribune.com, "When will you get the COVID-19 vaccine? Illinois health systems may use electronic medical records to reach patients in next phases.," 1 Jan. 2021 People 75 and older and those 65 to 74 with health conditions are now being considered for inclusion in the roughly 15 million next up for shots following health care workers and long-term care facility residents. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus updates from the Bay Area: Dec. 24-30," 1 Jan. 2021 Among nursing home and assisted living facility residents, the state's count of virus deaths grew by 16, to 1,503. Jeannie Roberts, Arkansas Online, "Virus cases rise by 3,184; prisons go on 'lockdown'," 31 Dec. 2020 Long-term care facility residents with symptoms didn’t get into the top testing tier until April 27, according to a Journal reconstruction of the evolving guidelines. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Covid-19 Stalked Nursing Homes Around the World," 31 Dec. 2020 In the first phase of Maryland’s vaccine distribution, nearly 20,000 front-line health care workers, first responders and long-term facility residents and staff have received their first dose. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland reports 1,985 coronavirus cases, 28 deaths on final Monday of 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 Frontline emergency workers and long-term care facility residents are the first priority for the initial 16,000 doses received by the county’s health department. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "Orange to start giving COVID-19 vaccines to seniors on Tuesday," 28 Dec. 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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12 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Facility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facility. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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