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Noun: utility  yoo'ti-lu-tee
  1. A company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
    - public utility, public utility company, public-service corporation
  2. The quality of being of practical use
    - usefulness
  3. The service (electric power, water or transportation) provided by a public utility
    "the cost of utilities never decreases"; "all the utilities were lost after the hurricane"
  4. (economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice
  5. (computing) 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";
    - utility program, service program
  6. 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
    "the price of the house included all utilities"
Adjective: utility  yoo'ti-lu-tee
  1. Used of beef; usable but inferior
    - utility-grade
  2. Capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team
    "a utility infielder";
    - substitute

Derived forms: utilities

See also: inferior, secondary, useful, useless, utile

Type of: computer program, computer programme [Brit], facility, installation, metric, program, programme [Brit, Cdn], quality, service, system of measurement

Antonym: inutility

Encyclopedia: Utility