utility

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Utility is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Noun[change]

Singular
utility

Plural
utilities

  1. (countable); (usually plural) Utilities are the basic services that come to your house, such as electricity, phone, and water.
    The government is raising prices on drugs, beer and most public utilities.
  2. (countable) A utility is a basic computer program that handles things like copying disks and setting up printers.
  3. (uncountable) Something's utility is how useful it is.
    The design was to maximise the utility of the book as a whole.