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

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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 Among nursing home and assisted living facility residents, the state's count of virus deaths grew by five, to 2,015. Andy Davis, Arkansas Online, "Vaccination access added for ages 65-69," 24 Feb. 2021 That doesn’t include the phase 1a health care workers and long-term care facility residents and staff that haven’t gotten vaccinated. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago COVID-19 vaccine shipments ‘back on track’ following massive winter storm delays last week," 23 Feb. 2021 That same day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported its first outbreak, at a long-term care facility in that state. NBC news, "500,000 lives lost: Tracing Covid-19 deaths across the country," 22 Feb. 2021 Seniors are prioritized for COVID-19 vaccine along with health care workers, long-term care facility residents and educators. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "Minnesota reports 39 COVID-19 bar, restaurant outbreaks so far in 2021," 22 Feb. 2021 Health care workers, long-term care facility staff and residents, first responders and K-12 teachers and school staff are also currently eligible to receive the vaccine in Utah. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Where Utahns can get a COVID-19 vaccine," 21 Feb. 2021 According to Florida state guidance, long-term care facility residents and staff, healthcare workers in direct contact with COVID-19 patients, including paramedics and EMS, and people age 65 and older are eligible to get vaccinated. CBS News, "Florida Governor Ron DeSantis faces criticism over COVID-19 vaccine distribution," 21 Feb. 2021 And in New York, Minissale, Bridgeford and Arbeeny are just three of the more than 15,000 long-term care facility residents confirmed and presumed to have died from Covid-19, according to the latest State Department of Health numbers. Brynn Gingras, CNN, "Cuomo's explanations don't comfort New York families who lost loved ones in nursing homes to Covid-19," 20 Feb. 2021 Individuals currently being prioritized for vaccination include healthcare and EMS workers, long-term care facility residents and staff, educators, childcare workers, law enforcement and adults age 65 and older. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, "'You just gave me life': Groups help seniors, disabled people get COVID-19 vaccine appointments," 20 Feb. 2021

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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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1 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Facility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facility. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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

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