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utility

noun

1 utility

A company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation.

synonyms: public-service corporation, public utility, public utility company.

Roget 646: expedience, expediency; desirableness, desirability etc. adj.; fitness etc. (agreement) 23; utility etc. 644; propriety; ... show more

Roget 618: good, benefit, advantage; improvement etc. 658; greatest good, supreme good; interest, service, behoof, behalf; weal; main chance, ... show more

Dutch: nutsbedrijf, overheidsbedrijf



2 utility

The quality of being of practical use.

synonym: usefulness.

Roget 644: utility; usefulness etc. adj.; efficacy, efficiency, adequacy; service, use, stead, avail; help etc. (aid) ... show more

Dutch: bruikbaarheid
Polish: celowość, utylitarność, zdatność, praktyczność, przydatność, pomocność, użyteczność

3 utility

The service (electric power or water or transportation) provided by a public utility.

Dutch: handigs

4 utility

economics A measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice.

Dutch: handigheid, hulpmiddel

5 utility

computer science A program designed for general support of the processes of a computer:
— A computer system provides utility programs to perform the tasks needed by most users.

synonyms: service program, utility program.

Dutch: bruikbaarheid

6 utility

A facility composed of one or more pieces of equipment connected to or part of a structure and designed to provide a service such as heat or electricity or water or sewage disposal.

adjective

1 utility

Used of beef; usable but inferior.

synonym: utility-grade.

2 utility

Capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team:
— A utility infielder.

synonym: substitute.


Moby thesaurus: Aktiengesellschaft, account, advantage, advantageousness, aktiebolag, alternate, alternative, appliance, applicability, appropriateness, availability, backup, beneficialness, body corporate, business, business establishment, cartel, chamber of commerce, combine, commercial enterprise ... show more.

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