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Borrowed from Latin convenientia, from conveniens (suitable), present participle of convenire (to come together, suit). Doublet of convenance.



convenience (countable and uncountable, plural conveniences)

  1. The quality of being convenient.
    Synonym: amenity
    Fast food is popular because of its cost and convenience.
  2. Any object that makes life more convenient; a helpful item.
    • 1726 October 28, [Jonathan Swift], Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. [] [Gulliver’s Travels], volume I, London: [] Benj[amin] Motte, [], →OCLC, part I (A Voyage to Lilliput):
      A pair of spectacles [] and several other little conveniences.
    • 1838 (date written), L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter XVII, in Lady Anne Granard; or, Keeping up Appearances. [], volume I, London: Henry Colburn, [], published 1842, →OCLC, page 223:
      ...let Fanchette come in a hackney-coach in the morning, and I will direct the housekeeper to send you something of every thing—plate, candlesticks, lamps, damask—and you won't take it amiss if we should happen to have game or poultry come up that I put that amongst the conveniences;...
    • 1977, David Byrne (lyrics and music), “Don't Worry About the Government”, in Talking Heads: 77, performed by Talking Heads:
      It's over there, it's over there / My building has every convenience / It's gonna make life easy for me
  3. A convenient time.
    We will come over and begin the work at your convenience.
  4. (chiefly British) Ellipsis of public convenience: a public lavatory.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:bathroom

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convenience (third-person singular simple present conveniences, present participle conveniencing, simple past and past participle convenienced)

  1. To make convenient
    These are equally viable times and I propose we alternate between the two times in order to convenience as many people as possible.

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