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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The facility was adorned with a display featuring vintage launches, or row boats, and other outdoors memorabilia. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 May 2022 The facility is designed for patients seeking medication abortions or other reproductive-health care, from contraception and pelvic exams to S.T.I. treatment, clearing space in other clinics that perform surgical abortions. Peter Slevin, The New Yorker, 7 May 2022 The facility is approved to handle 33,000 gallons a day. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 May 2022 Bally’s plans to use a former Tribune Publishing warehouse once earmarked for a residential and office development as its temporary casino while Freedom Center is demolished and the permanent facility is built. Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune, 5 May 2022 The facility has since been converted to be a hub of Cheniere’s now-booming export business. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 It is maintained by the Kol Israel Foundation, which would keep those responsibilities if the facility is designated a national memorial. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, 28 Apr. 2022 In addition, the bill mentions the potential for the facility to be included in the Smithsonian network of museums. NBC News, 27 Apr. 2022 The facility has been allowed to remain open for another 90 days, according to reporting from inewsource. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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12 May 2022

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“Facility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facility. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for facility

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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