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utility

noun     /juːˈtɪləti/ (plural utilities)
[C] a service for supplying electricity, gas, etc.: utility bill/company/costs Please enclose a copy of a recent utility bill as proof of address. the rising cost of utilities
[C] a large company that provides a service such as electricity, gas, etc.: We are a natural gas utility serving over a million customers in the Michigan area. With energy consumption rising, many public utilities are struggling to meet peak-time demand.
[C] IT a computer program that is used to do a particular task: The program includes a set of utilities and file recovery tools for advanced users.
[U] how useful something is: The product became popular thanks to its high utility in many different situations.
(Definition of utility noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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