Meaning of “convenient” in the English Dictionary

"convenient" in British English

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uk /kənˈviː.ni.ənt/ us /kənˈviː.ni.ənt/

B1 suitable for your purposes and needs and causing the least difficulty:

Our local shop has very convenient opening hours.
A bike's a very convenient way of getting around.
[ + that ] It's very convenient that you live near the office.
[ + to infinitive ] I find it convenient to be able to do my banking online.
What time would it be convenient for me to come over?

B1 near or easy to get to or use:

a very convenient bus service
Our new house is very convenient for (= near to) the kids' school.

More examples

  • It's very convenient for me to get to the station.
  • It's not really convenient for you to come this afternoon.
  • The house is in a convenient location for travelling to London.
  • It would be more convenient if I could pick up the children at four.
  • I find ready cooked meals very convenient.
adverb uk /kənˈviː.ni.ə us /kənˈviː.ni.ə


  • An additional power switch for the radio is conveniently located next to the steering wheel.
  • Conveniently, the supermarket is next to the station so I usually pop in on my way home.
  • They have conveniently provided a return envelope for you to use.
  • There is a cloakroom situated conveniently next to the front door.
  • Steve had to rush off, rather conveniently, to a lunch appointment just when the customer really lost her temper.


The house is conveniently situated near the station and the shops.
humorous I asked her to clean up the kitchen but of course she conveniently forgot (= she forgot because she did not want to do it).

(Definition of “convenient” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"convenient" in American English

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us /kənˈvin·jənt/

suitable for your purposes and causing no difficulty for your schedule or plans:

Would 3 o’clock be a convenient time to meet?
I shop here because it’s convenient.

Convenient can also mean helpful to you but not completely honest:

Both men suffered convenient lapses of memory while testifying.
adverb us /kənˈvin·jənt·li/

Our house is conveniently located near the station.

(Definition of “convenient” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)