Definitions for usefulˈyus fəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

use•fulˈyus fəl(adj.)

  1. being of use or service; serving some purpose; advantageous, helpful, or of good effect:

    a useful member of society.

  2. of practical use; producing material results; supplying common needs.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. useful, utile(adj)

    being of use or service

    "the girl felt motherly and useful"; "a useful job"; "a useful member of society"

  2. utilitarian, useful(adj)

    having a useful function

    "utilitarian steel tables"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. useful(adjective)ˈyus fəl

    ≠ useless

    a useful tool; The extra money would be useful.; Could I be useful to you?; ways to spend your time usefully; a discussion about the usefulness of the safety measures


  1. useful(Adjective)

    Having a practical or beneficial use.

    This tool is very useful. It makes doing this task a lot easier.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Useful(adj)

    full of use, advantage, or profit; producing, or having power to produce, good; serviceable for any end or object; helpful toward advancing any purpose; beneficial; profitable; advantageous; as, vessels and instruments useful in a family; books useful for improvement; useful knowledge; useful arts

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'useful' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1002

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'useful' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1251

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'useful' in Adjectives Frequency: #118

Translations for useful

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


helpful or serving a purpose well

a useful tool/dictionary; She made herself useful by doing the washing for her mother.

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