Definitions for utilityyuˈtɪl ɪ ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

u•til•i•tyyuˈtɪl ɪ ti(n.; adj.)(pl.)-ties

  1. (n.)the state or quality of being useful; usefulness.

  2. something useful; a useful thing.

  3. a public service, as the providing of electricity, gas, water, a telephone system, or bus and railroad lines.

  4. Ref: public utility . 1

  5. Often, utilities. a useful or advantageous factor or feature.

  6. the capacity of a commodity or a service to satisfy some human want.

    Category: Business

  7. Category: Computers

    Ref: utility program.

  8. utilities, stocks or bonds of public utilities.

    Category: Business

  9. (adj.)(of domestic animals) raised or kept as potentially profitable products rather than for show or as pets.

  10. designed for a number of practical purposes rather than a single, specialized one:

    a utility knife.

  11. capable of serving in any of various capacities:

    a utility player on a baseball team.

  12. designed chiefly for use or service rather than beauty, high quality, etc.:

    utility furniture.

Origin of utility:

1350–1400; ME < OF < L ūtil(is) useful

Princeton's WordNet

  1. utility, public utility, public utility company, public-service corporation(noun)

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

  2. utility, usefulness(noun)

    the quality of being of practical use

  3. utility(noun)

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

    "the cost of utilities never decreases"; "all the utilities were lost after the hurricane"

  4. utility(noun)

    (economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice

  5. utility program, utility, service program(noun)

    (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"

  6. utility(adj)

    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"

  7. utility(a), utility-grade(adj)

    used of beef; usable but inferior

  8. utility(a), substitute(a)(adj)

    capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team

    "a utility infielder"


  1. utility(Noun)

    The ability to play multiple positions.

  2. utility(Noun)

    The state or condition of being useful; usefulness.

  3. utility(Noun)

    Something that is useful.

  4. utility(Noun)

    The ability of a commodity to satisfy needs or wants; the satisfaction experienced by the consumer of that commodity.

  5. utility(Noun)

    A service provider, such as an electric company or water company or its securities.

  6. utility(Noun)

    A software program specifically designed to help manage and tune the computer hardware, operating system or application software, and perform a single task or a small range of tasks; as opposed to application software which tends to be software suites.

    I've bought a new disk utility that can recover deleted files.

  7. Origin: From utilitet (Modern French utilité), ultimately from uti.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Utility(noun)

    the quality or state of being useful; usefulness; production of good; profitableness to some valuable end; as, the utility of manure upon land; the utility of the sciences; the utility of medicines

  2. Utility(noun)

    adaptation to satisfy the desires or wants; intrinsic value. See Note under Value, 2

  3. Utility(noun)

    happiness; the greatest good, or happiness, of the greatest number, -- the foundation of utilitarianism


  1. Utility

    In economics, utility is a representation of preferences over some set of goods and services. Preferences have a utility representation so long as they are transitive, complete, and continuous. Utility is usually applied by economists in such constructs as the indifference curve, which plot the combination of commodities that an individual or a society would accept to maintain a given level of satisfaction. Individual utility and social utility can be construed as the value of a utility function and a social welfare function respectively. When coupled with production or commodity constraints, under some assumptions, these functions can be used to analyze Pareto efficiency, such as illustrated by Edgeworth boxes in contract curves. Such efficiency is a central concept in welfare economics. In finance, utility is applied to generate an individual's price for an asset called the indifference price. Utility functions are also related to risk measures, with the most common example being the entropic risk measure.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'utility' in Nouns Frequency: #2224

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