Meaning of “utility” in the English Dictionary

"utility" in American English

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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 telephone service 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)

"utility" in Business English

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uk /juːˈtɪləti/ us 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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)