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From Old French utilitet ‎(usefulness) (Modern French utilité), ultimately from Latin uti ‎(to use, enjoy).


  • IPA(key): /juːˈtɪl.ɪ.ti/


utility ‎(plural utilities)

  1. The state or condition of being useful; usefulness.
  2. Something that is useful.
  3. (economics) The ability of a commodity to satisfy needs or wants; the satisfaction experienced by the consumer of that commodity.
  4. (philosophy) Well-being, satisfaction, pleasure, or happiness.
  5. (business, finance) A service provider, such as an electric company or water company; or, the securities of such a provider.
  6. (computing) A software program designed to perform a single task or a small range of tasks, often to help manage and tune computer hardware, an operating system or application software.
    I've bought a new disk utility that can recover deleted files.
  7. (sports) The ability to play multiple positions.


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  1. Having to do with, or owned by, a service provider.
    utility line; utility bill
  2. Designating of a room in a house or building where mechanical equipment is installed; such as a furnace, water tank/heater, circuit breaker, and/or air conditioning unit; and often equipped with hookups for laundry equipment (washer/dryer).
    utility room