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Definition of utility noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. utilities)
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  1. 1[countable] a service provided for the public, for example an electricity, water, or gas supply the administration of public utilities Rescue teams worked desperately to restore utilities in the area hit hardest by the hurricane.
  2. 2[uncountable] (formal) the quality of being useful synonym usefulness This information is of the highest utility to a historian.
  3. 3[countable] (computing) a piece of computer software that performs a particular task
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