mul·​ti·​pur·​pose ˌməl-tē-ˈpər-pəs How to pronounce multipurpose (audio)
: serving or able to serve more than one purpose
a multipurpose tool
multipurpose rooms
a multi-purpose cleaner

Examples of multipurpose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At that time, the cost of the ADA-accessible, multipurpose trail was not to exceed $4.25 million. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 18 Sep. 2023 Include toiletry items, backup eyeglasses, bug spray, matches, a pocketknife or multipurpose tool, and a first-aid kit including any prescription drugs. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2023 Delicate enough for lacy pancakes but sturdy enough to flip a burger, a fish spatula is a multipurpose kitchen tool that every home cook needs. Mackenzie Chung Fegan, Bon Appétit, 10 July 2023 Its multipurpose design functions as an ottoman, bench, and storage unit all in one. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 7 Sep. 2023 The multipurpose space—there are several sitting areas and a large dining space—is plenty large enough to, well, roller skate in. Mark David, Robb Report, 6 Sep. 2023 One houses the primary suite; the other accommodates a kitchen and pantry, a guest bedroom and bath, and a multipurpose living room (sala in Greek) that doubles as an indoor dining room during winter months. Robert Rufino, ELLE Decor, 4 Sep. 2023 The interior includes a basement and multipurpose entertainment center equipped with a kitchenette. Mary Carole McCauley, Baltimore Sun, 31 Aug. 2023 The other, the multipurpose Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) continued to win orders one or two at a time, but that wasn’t enough work to sustain full production at the shipyard. Lawrence Specker |, al, 31 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of multipurpose was in 1869

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“Multipurpose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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: having more than one use
multipurpose furniture

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