useful

adjective
use·​ful | \ ˈyüs-fəl How to pronounce useful (audio) \

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

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Other Words from useful

usefully \ ˈyüs-​fə-​lē How to pronounce useful (audio) \ adverb

Examples of useful in a Sentence

Does anyone have any useful suggestions? It can be useful to know CPR. The Internet is useful for finding information quickly. She has become one of the team's most useful players. Why don't you do something useful with your life?
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Recent Examples on the Web Playing Gobert at the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth, in particular, was incredibly useful in the regular season. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 June 2021 Providers say telemedicine can be particularly useful for behavioral health patients, who often don’t require a physical assessment. Alex Putterman, courant.com, 13 June 2021 This data is incredibly useful when determining the origin of the rocks that cover the surface, while also offering clues as to what natural forces — like water on ancient Mars — may have contributed to their formation. Mike Wehner, BGR, 12 June 2021 Remote visits can also be useful for those living in rural areas who need specialty care, like Maggie Boxey, a resident of Leesburg, Georgia. Alexis Jones, Health.com, 7 June 2021 Changing the porosity of a material in this way could be useful for designing filters or catalysts in the future, Ghildiyal notes. Karmela Padavic-callaghan, Wired, 7 June 2021 Mekuria said having in-house sequencing is most useful for providing results in days instead of weeks, as was the case when the county sent samples to other labs. Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 June 2021 The information could be useful for those close to retirement and in retirement currently, says Smedsrud. Taylor Avery, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 McMurray said having these types of conversations is useful for groups in the community, as well as for families and one-on-one interactions. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2021

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First Known Use of useful

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jun 2021

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“Useful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/useful. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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useful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of useful

: helping to do or achieve something

useful

adjective
use·​ful | \ ˈyüs-fəl How to pronounce useful (audio) \

Kids Definition of useful

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

Other Words from useful

usefully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb
usefulness noun

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