utility

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

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utility (plural utilities)

  1. The state or condition of being useful; usefulness.
  2. Something that is useful.
  3. (economics) The ability of a commodity to satisfy needs or wants; the satisfaction experienced by the consumer of that commodity.
  4. (business, finance) A service provider, such as an electric company or water company; or, the securities of such a provider.
  5. (computing) A software program designed to perform a single task or a small range of tasks, often to help manage and tune computer hardware, an operating system or application software.
    I've bought a new disk utility that can recover deleted files.
  6. (sports) The ability to play multiple positions.

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Last modified on 18 April 2014, at 06:43