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 new facility was set up to isolate teens in cells for weeks or months at a time. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, 24 June 2022 The power supply comes courtesy of Honda’s Transportation Research Center (TRC), which surrounds the new facility. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 23 June 2022 Sam, Scotsdale’s executive director, bought the facility with her mother, Kathy, who worked in clinical care since the ‘70s. Kim Bellware, BostonGlobe.com, 26 June 2022 Sam, Scotsale’s executive director, bought the facility with her mother, Kathy, who worked in clinical care since the ’70s. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, 26 June 2022 Today, nearly two years since that injunction, the facility is still holding inmates who could be transferred to home confinement and the BOP is fighting the case. Walter Pavlo, Forbes, 25 June 2022 According to investigators, the 74-year-old pedestrian walked away from the Cedarview Rehabilitation and Nursing Care facility in Lebanon. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 25 June 2022 The Gainesville school district settled by spending about $750,000 to upgrade the softball facility, while also paying for Folger’s attorney fees, according to a district spokeswoman. New York Times, 24 June 2022 With the arrival of the new inmates, a dominant gang — the Bloods — quickly overwhelmed the facility’s depleted security staff and has remained in control since, the AJC has found. Danny Robbins, ajc, 23 June 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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29 Jun 2022

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“Facility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facility. Accessed 29 Jun. 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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