Utility Definition

yo͝o-tĭlĭ-tē
utilities
noun
utilities
The quality or property of being useful; usefulness.
Webster's New World
Something useful.
Webster's New World
A public utility.
American Heritage
A company or government agency providing a public service such as electric power, gas, water, telephone, etc.
Webster's New World
Shares of stock in such a company.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
inutility
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adjective
Used, serving, or working in several capacities as needed, especially:
American Heritage
Serving or designed for practical use with little or no attention to beauty.
Webster's New World
Useful or used in a number of ways.
Webster's New World
Designating an auxiliary player who is able to substitute at any of several positions on a baseball team.
A utility infielder.
Webster's New World
Raised or kept for the production of a farm product rather than for show or as pets.
Utility livestock.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
utility (grade)substitute
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Other Word Forms of Utility

Noun

Singular:
utility
Plural:
utilities

Origin of Utility

  • Middle English utilite from Old French from Latin ūtilitās from ūtilis useful from ūtī to use

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French utilitet (“usefulness") (Modern French utilité), ultimately from Latin uti (“to use, enjoy").

    From Wiktionary

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