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

"utility" in American English

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utilitynoun

 us   /juˈtɪl·ɪ·t̬i/
  • utility noun (USEFULNESS)

[U] ability to ​satisfy a ​particular need; ​usefulness: Its ​basic utility ​lies in being ​able to ​drive where other ​vehicles can’t go.
  • utility noun (PUBLIC SERVICE)

[C] a ​supply of ​gas, ​electricity, ​water, or ​telephoneservice to ​homes and ​businesses, or a ​business that ​supplies such ​services: a utility ​bill After I ​call the ​movers, I’ll ​call to have the utilities ​turned on.
(Definition of utility from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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utilitynoun

uk   us   /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 ​risingcost of utilities
[C] a large ​company that ​provides a ​service such as electricity, ​gas, etc.: We are a ​naturalgas utility ​serving over a million ​customers in the Michigan ​area. With ​energyconsumptionrising, many public utilities are ​struggling to ​meet peak-time ​demand.
[C] IT a ​computerprogram that is used to do a particular ​task: The ​programincludes a set of utilities and ​filerecoverytools for ​advancedusers.
[U] how useful something is: The ​product became popular thanks to its high utility in many different ​situations.
(Definition of utility from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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