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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], 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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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