What does utility mean?

Definitions for utility
yuˈtɪl ɪ tiutil·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. utility, public utility, public utility company, public-service corporationnoun

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

  2. utility, usefulnessnoun

    the quality of being of practical use

  3. utilitynoun

    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. utilitynoun

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

  5. utility program, utility, service programnoun

    (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. utilityadjective

    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-gradeadjective

    used of beef; usable but inferior

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

    capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team

    "a utility infielder"


  1. utilitynoun

    The ability to play multiple positions.

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

  2. utilitynoun

    The state or condition of being useful; usefulness.

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

  3. utilitynoun

    Something that is useful.

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

  4. utilitynoun

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

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

  5. utilitynoun

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

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

  6. utilitynoun

    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.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Utilitynoun

    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. Utilitynoun

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

  3. Utilitynoun

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. utility

    A type of social enterprise, organization or form of nationalized service controlled and managed by a form of unity assembly, unity council, unity legislature, unity senate, unity house of representatives, unity parliament, unity government, local unity government, regional unity government, national unity government, european unity government and international unity government that provides a public service for a power network, water, electricity, solar power, broadband network and other types of service.

    The electricity utility agency is nationalized to ensure continued service, power to the people, optimum health, human rights and shared prosperity for all people.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 28, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of utility in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of utility in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of utility in a Sentence

  1. Monica Viego-Rodriguez:

    The mission is to restore power and that's what we're focusing on. Wednesday night, the Puerto Rico governor said the island will receive approximately $ 35 billion in federal aid. But he added that Puerto Rico is facing massive debt and won't be able to repay the money until 2022. Power crews say they have to prioritize – hospitals, police and fire stations, come first.Then communication facilities, water treatment plants, transportation providers and shelters.From there, utility crews repair infrastructure serving smaller groups and neighborhoods. People like Sol Vazquez, a law student who has been working the best she can with limited resources, also Skyped with Fox News this week. She said she has been seeing a mixed response from her friends and fellow students. I think everyone wants to get their electricity back, I don't think, at this point, they care who does it or how they do it, they just want to get the situation resolved.

  2. Steve Wallace:

    My costs are the overall scheme of things, but I have to show that 75 percent of this loan went to payroll, which is normally only about 20 percent of my costs. My rent and utility bills are higher than my payroll.

  3. Neil Gorsuch:

    The great project of Justice's Scalia's career was to remind us of the differences between judges and legislators, to remind us that legislators may appeal to their own moral convictions and to claims about social utility to reshape the law as they think it should be in the future. But that judges should do none of these things in a democratic society.

  4. Jamie Court:

    It was a laundry machine for dirty energy contributions to the Brown administration, a slush fund of sorts, hiding big oil, utility and other dirty energy dollars in close proximity to officials’ actions.

  5. Warren Buffett:

    I don't have a problem with guilt about money. The way I see it is that my money represents an enormous number of claim checks on society. It's like I have these little pieces of paper that I can turn into consumption. If I wanted to, I could hire 10,000 people to do nothing but paint my picture every day for the rest of my life. And the GNP would go up. But the utility of the product would be zilch, and I would be keeping those 10,000 people from doing AIDS research, or teaching, or nursing. I don't do that though. I don't use very many of those claim checks. There's nothing material I want very much. And I'm going to give virtually all of those claim checks to charity when my wife and I die.

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  • فائدةArabic
  • užitečnost, užitekCzech
  • NützlichkeitGerman
  • χρησιμότηταGreek
  • utilecoEsperanto
  • utilidad, conveniencia, proveedor de serviciosSpanish
  • kasulikkusEstonian
  • ابزارPersian
  • palvelu, hyödyke, hyödyllisyysFinnish
  • utilité, utilitaireFrench
  • mathScottish Gaelic
  • utilidadeGalician
  • utilità, servizio, fornitore, attrezzo, strumentoItalian
  • ユーティリティ, 有用性, 効用, 実用品Japanese
  • hulpmiddel, voorziening, handigheid, bruikbaarheid, hulpprogramma, handigsDutch
  • użyteczność, program użytkowyPolish
  • utilidadePortuguese
  • utilitate, folosRomanian
  • поле́зность, утили́та, обслу́живающая програ́мма, [[полезный, утилитаRussian
  • úžitokSlovak
  • vattenverk, leverantör, applikation, kraftverk, användbarhet, lönsamhet, användbar, verk, tjänsteleverantör, verktyg, tillämpning, värmeverkSwedish
  • YararTurkish
  • hữu íchVietnamese

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    applied to a fish depicted horizontally
    • A. naiant
    • B. bristly
    • C. commensal
    • D. currish

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