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English adjective: utility

1. utility used of beef; usable but inferior


Synonymsutility-grade


Similarinferior


Antonymssuperior

2. utility capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team


SamplesA utility infielder.


Synonymssubstitute


Similarsecondary


Antonymsprimary


English noun: utility

1. utility (group) a company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation


Synonymspublic utility, public utility company, public-service corporation


Broader (hypernym)service


Narrower (hyponym)bus company, bus service, electric company, gas company, gas service, light company, phone company, phone service, power company, power service, telco, telephone company, telephone service, water company, waterworks

2. utility (attribute) the quality of being of practical use


Synonymsusefulness


Broader (hypernym)quality


Narrower (hyponym)detergence, detergency, function, helpfulness, instrumentality, practicability, practicableness, practicality, purpose, role, serviceability, serviceableness, usability, usableness, use, use, useableness


Attributeuseful, useless, utile


Antonymsinutility, unusefulness, uselessness

3. utility (act) the service (electric power or water or transportation) provided by a public utility


SamplesThe cost of utilities never decreases.
All the utilities were lost after the hurricane.


Broader (hypernym)service

4. utility (quantity) (economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice


Broader (hypernym)metric, system of measurement


Narrower (hyponym)marginal utility


Domain categoryeconomic science, economics, political economy

5. utility (communication) (computer science) a program designed for general support of the processes of a computer


SamplesA computer system provides utility programs to perform the tasks needed by most users.


Synonymsservice program, utility program


Broader (hypernym)computer program, computer programme, program, programme


Narrower (hyponym)device driver, diagnostic program, driver, input program, output program, sort program, sorting program, trace program


Part holonymservice routine, utility routine


Domain categorycomputer science, computing

6. utility (artifact) 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


SamplesThe price of the house included all utilities.


Broader (hypernym)facility, installation


Narrower (hyponym)electrical plant, electrical system, heat, heating, heating plant, heating system, plumbing, plumbing system









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