convenience

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Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

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], chapter 2, in Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. [] [Gulliver’s Travels], volume I, London: [] Benj[amin] Motte, [], OCLC 995220039, part I (A Voyage to Lilliput):
      A pair of spectacles [] and several other little 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 Britain) Ellipsis of public convenience: a public lavatory.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:bathroom

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Verb[edit]

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, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • convenience at OneLook Dictionary Search