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Topic: COMPUTERS

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: utilité, from Latin utilitas, from utilis 'useful', from uti; USE1

utility

noun
     
u‧til‧i‧ty plural utilities
1 [countable usually plural] a service such as gas or electricity provided for people to use:
Does your rent include utilities?
2TD [countable] a piece of computer software that has a particular use:
It's a simple shareware utility that allows you to print signs and banners.
3 [uncountable] formal the quality of being useful, or the degree to which something is useful
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