What does utility mean?

Definitions for utility
yuˈtɪl ɪ tiutil·i·ty

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word utility.

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.

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

  2. utility(Noun)

    The state or condition of being useful; usefulness.

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

  3. utility(Noun)

    Something that is useful.

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

  4. utility(Noun)

    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. utility(Noun)

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

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

  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.

    Etymology: 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.

Editors Contribution

  1. utility

    A type of business, company, 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 government, local unity government, regional unity government, national unity government, european unity government and international unity government or public governmental agency that provides a public service for gas, water, electricity, solar power, broadband network, fuel network and other types of service.

    The gas utility agency was nationalized to ensure continued service, empowerment of 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. First Vice President Froilan Dytianquin:

    Normally during election time, the sales of vehicles shoot up, especially for our vehicles the L300 and Adventure. These are utility vehicles used for campaign periods.

  2. Antony Jenkins:

    The risk is that incumbents will be pushed into this utility, capital-heavy role that we've seen in other industries like telecoms. Ultimately, that will become intolerable to shareholders, so we could see consolidation and mergers.

  3. Hendrik Steringa:

    At the moment, I cannot name a single utility in central and western Europe that has developed a successful new business model.

  4. Keith Bachman:

    The most formidable opposition to adoption is price ... The iPad Pro has a lot of utility and technology that Apple brought to bear but unfortunately the price never goes away as a challenge.

  5. Kevin Chapman:

    I think it raises some questions about the utility for CBD, but it lays the groundwork for future studies.

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Translations for utility

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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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