useful

adjective use·ful \ ˈyüs-fəl \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of useful

1 : capable of being put to use; especially : serviceable for an end or purpose
  • useful tools
2 : of a valuable or productive kind
  • do something useful with your life

usefully

play \ˈyüs-fə-lē\ adverb

Examples of useful in a Sentence

  1. Does anyone have any useful suggestions?

  2. It can be useful to know CPR.

  3. The Internet is useful for finding information quickly.

  4. She has become one of the team's most useful players.

  5. Why don't you do something useful with your life?

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First Known Use of useful

1595



USEFUL Defined for English Language Learners

useful

adjective

Definition of useful for English Language Learners

  • : helping to do or achieve something


USEFUL Defined for Kids

useful

adjective use·ful \ ˈyüs-fəl \

Definition of useful for Students

1 : capable of being put to use : usable
  • useful scraps of material
2 : helpful in doing or achieving something
  • If you are ever planning a vacation, you may find it useful to acquire a guidebook …
  • —Lemony Snicket, The Miserable Mill

usefully

\-fə-lē\ adverb

usefulness

noun


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