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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.
    Fast food is popular because of its cost and convenience.
    • 1785, William Cowper, The Task
      Thus first Necessity invented stools,
      Convenience next suggested elbow-chairs []
  2. Any object that makes life more convenient; a helpful item.
  3. A convenient time.
    We will come over and begin the work at your convenience.
  4. (chiefly Britain) Clipping of public convenience: a public lavatory.


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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.

Further reading[edit]

  • convenience in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
  • convenience at OneLook Dictionary Search