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Definition of convenience noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    convenience

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    noun
    BrE BrE//kənˈviːniəns//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈviːniəns//
     
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] the quality of being useful, easy or suitable for somebody We have provided seats for the convenience of our customers. For (the sake of) convenience, the two groups have been treated as one in this report. The position of the house combines quietness and convenience. In this resort you can enjoy all the comfort and convenience of modern tourism. compare inconvenience see also flag of convenience, marriage of convenience
  2. 2[countable] something that is useful and can make things easier or quicker to do, or more comfortable It was a great convenience to have the school so near. The house had all the modern conveniences (= central heating, etc.) that were unusual at that time. see also public convenience
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin convenientia, from convenient- ‘assembling, agreeing’, from the verb convenire ‘assemble, agree, fit’, from con- ‘together’ + venire ‘come’.Extra examples All our holiday chalets include a microwave and food processor for extra convenience. An order form is enclosed for your convenience. Can you telephone me at your convenience to arrange a further meeting? Can you telephone me at your convenience= when it is convenient for you to arrange a further meeting? I keep my cookbooks in the kitchen for convenience. It’s a great convenience living near the station. It’s a great convenience living next door to a post office. The children like convenience food such as pizzas. The children like convenience food such as sausages or fish fingers and chips. The system is based on administrative convenience rather than public benefit. They wouldn’t like to live without modern conveniences such as microwaves. We leave the keys near the front door for the sake of convenience.Idioms
    at somebody’s convenience
     
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    (formal) at a time or a place which is suitable for somebody Can you telephone me at your convenience to arrange a meeting?
    at your earliest convenience
     
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    (business) as soon as possible Please telephone at your earliest convenience.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: convenience