public utility

noun

: a business organization (such as an electric company) performing a public service and subject to special governmental regulation

Examples of public utility in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a Senate candidate, Vance backed efforts to break up the tech giants and co-authored a legal brief calling for Google to be treated as a public utility — an aggressive approach that has gained traction in conservative legal circles. Cristiano Lima-Strong, Washington Post, 16 July 2024 What's next: Heimdall will need to scale up commercially, execute on its U.S. projects and navigate the various state public utility commissions that govern grid investments. Katie Fehrenbacher, Axios, 15 July 2024 Although public utilities have vigilance units that routinely uncover power theft, thieves steal thousands of megawatts from the grid each year. Sunila S. Kale, Foreign Affairs, 8 Aug. 2012 Together, their 340 megawatts can supply 76,000 average-sized homes for four hours, according to Phoenix-area public utility Salt River Project. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for public utility 

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of public utility was in 1895

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“Public utility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/public%20utility. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

public utility

noun
: a business organization performing a public service and subject to special governmental regulation

Legal Definition

public utility

noun
: a business organization (as an electric company) performing a public service and subject to special government regulation

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