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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web This interaction occurred at an Indonesian animal conservation facility managed by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, CNN reported. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2021 Left at the another facility, Zaffre was collected by his three benefactors. courant.com, 12 Oct. 2021 Mercury coach Sandy Brondello gave high praise to Suns General Manager James Jones for making sure the Mercury have their needs met at the practice facility. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 12 Oct. 2021 Three employees were killed after a shooting Tuesday at a Memphis postal facility, authorities said. NBC News, 12 Oct. 2021 The launch of Landsat 9 (on an Atlas V rocket) from Vandenberg Space Force Base marked the 2000th launch at that facility. Marshall Shepherd, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 Both women worked at the Gateway Village senior living facility, police said. Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2021 Activists stand outside the Manhattan Criminal Court, in September, to protest conditions at the Rikers Island detention facility. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2021 Angel had just arrived home from his job at a U-Haul storage facility. oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2021

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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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The first known use of facility was in 1531

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15 Oct 2021

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“Facility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facility. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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facility

noun

English Language Learners Definition of facility

: something (such as a building or large piece of equipment) that is built for a specific purpose
: something that makes an action, operation, or activity easier

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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