convenience

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Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

convenience (countable and uncountable, plural conveniences)

  1. The quality of being convenient.
    • Shakespeare
      Let's further think of this;
      Weigh what convenience both of time and means
      May fit us to our shape.
    Fast food is popular because of its cost and convenience.
    • Cowper
      Thus first Necessity invented stools,
      Convenience next suggested elbow-chairs []
  2. Any object that makes life more convenient; a helpful item.
    • Jonathan Swift
      A pair of spectacles and several other little conveniences.
  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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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, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • convenience at OneLook Dictionary Search