Definition of convenience in English:

convenience

noun

  • 1mass noun The state of being able to proceed with something without difficulty.

    ‘services should be run to suit the convenience of customers, not of staff’
    • ‘And many of us require substantially more to meet our perceived needs of comfort, convenience and transportation.’
    • ‘That said, it is hard to beat e-banking for the 24-hour convenience it offers internet-literate customers.’
    • ‘This provides convenience for customers throughout the area as well as good service and support.’
    • ‘All the stores expressed their willingness to comply with the government directive and are looking at ways to put the levy in place for the ease and convenience of their shoppers.’
    • ‘Apart from providing convenience and comfort, they look trendy too.’
    • ‘That would certainly suit our convenience, your Honour.’
    • ‘This would increase customer convenience and also drive ‘warm’ sales leads direct to the company's skilled staff, making a sale more likely.’
    • ‘People expressed concern about buses replacing trains, and the loss of convenience, comfort and safety that rail offers.’
    • ‘Add that to the metal buttons on the straps and sides and you can tell that comfort and convenience didn't quite cross their minds.’
    • ‘Reporters can choose criteria to suit their convenience.’
    • ‘So, there is a very strong argument on the basis of convenience for staying further proceedings.’
    • ‘Keeping in mind the style, comfort and convenience of its customers, it has given a wide choice to its customers who could opt for a need-based product.’
    • ‘Before your Honour leaves the Bench, could I thank your Honour for relisting the matter to suit my convenience this morning.’
    • ‘These two new access channels will offer customers greater convenience and provide two additional modes of transacting business with their branches.’
    • ‘With this scheme, the bank intends to improve customer convenience, reduce customer traffic at branches and create opportunities to generate a fee income.’
    • ‘Elegantly designed with clean lines, the bathrooms provide comfort and convenience, right down to the thermostatically controlled bathtaps.’
    • ‘‘The network needs to evolve in a way that meets the geographic convenience of our customers,’ he added.’
    • ‘Questions of safety, convenience and access to services are now being asked by the residents of the ancient street.’
    • ‘‘It is yet another attempt to provide better services and increase passenger convenience,’ says a press note.’
    • ‘It is now common for many families to ‘alter their customs’ to suit their convenience.’
    benefit, use, good, comfort, ease, enjoyment, satisfaction
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    1. 1.1 The quality of being useful, easy, or suitable for someone.
      ‘the success of the food halls in large stores is due to their convenience’
      • ‘They are an integral part of modern society, providing much of the comfort and convenience of everyday life.’
      • ‘Its product allows the consumer the convenience and quality of a Sunday roast without the lengthy preparation and cooking time.’
      • ‘Our frozen meals service was introduced a few years ago to offer suitable clients the quality, choice and convenience of this type of meal.’
      • ‘A motoscooter ‘blends the stylish aggressive form of a motorcycle with the comfort and convenience of a scooter’.’
      • ‘An overwhelming trend towards lifestyle convenience will favor portable, disposable formats for dairy products.’
      • ‘When scouting for a location for your business, assess its convenience to potential customers.’
      • ‘It doesn't seem to have anything to do with the quality, value or convenience of anything I have to say.’
      • ‘But for many shoppers, there is no alternative: nothing that comes close to rivalling the practicality and convenience of the car.’
      • ‘The increase in popularity is owed to the comfort, convenience and safety of today's contacts.’
      • ‘The comfort and convenience of modern housing may make it difficult to understand the importance of fire to life in the colonial era.’
      • ‘The consumer wants higher quality foods with greater convenience and with greater nutritional values.’
      • ‘It is regarded as the fastest-growing intercontinental airline with its excellent convenience and services.’
      • ‘I'm committed to making practical changes to the access and convenience of health services and schools and am here today to establish what can be done.’
      • ‘It promises to ‘improve the convenience and quality of care’ by having the right information in the right place at the right time.’
      • ‘It has been praised as the ninth best venue for its shopping space, its convenience, comfort and accessibility.’
      expedience, expediency, advantageousness, advantage
      ease of use, usability, usefulness, utility, serviceability, practicality, functionality
      accessibility, ease of access, handiness, nearness
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    2. 1.2count noun A thing that contributes to an easy and effortless way of life.
      ‘voicemail was seen as one of the desktop conveniences of the electronic office’
      • ‘That in turn makes humankind's tools and conveniences, like urinals, subject to the whims of politics.’
      • ‘Because a number of the mechanical conveniences taken for granted in the West are not widely affordable, most women work harder at home than American women do.’
      • ‘For him, that joy and his historical view of slavery have made it easier to deal with the lack of modern conveniences.’
      • ‘The new software offers major benefits in functionality and operating conveniences.’
      • ‘Other electronic conveniences, such as VCRs, CD players, and personal computers, are still rare.’
      • ‘There was a cell phone in the vehicle, partly a convenience and partly a tool of emergency equipment.’
      • ‘Rule 7: All tools, weapons, or mechanical conveniences must be obtained from the Acme Corporation.’
      • ‘Pampered by all types of electrical conveniences it is going to take its toll and force us to find alternatives.’
      • ‘Critical scholars and activists have long argued that nationality, ethnicity and religious identification are merely historical conveniences, accidents of birth.’
      • ‘This is the paradox: the modern conveniences we've embraced to make things easier are the very things that are ultimately slowing us down and making us chubby.’
      • ‘Although modern conveniences have made managing a home easier, the time spent on housework has remained much the same.’
      • ‘Most of the modern conveniences we take for granted were invented less than a century ago and many of them just a few decades ago!’
      • ‘The more conveniences we invent, the less time we seem to have.’
      • ‘It usually takes three to five years to finish the updating work but modern conveniences like the telephone and Internet have aided their efforts.’
      • ‘Now, the concept is replete with quick fills, personalised service by experts, total vehicle management and consumer conveniences.’
      • ‘The directory is a convenience and service to members.’
      • ‘Such tasks were undertaken, of course, without modern conveniences such as electricity and running water, which only arrived in 1959.’
      • ‘They will be setting up a working camp in the park, which means they will live as the pioneers did with no electricity and modern conveniences.’
      • ‘But in the main, the secret source is not a convenience for the news media or a shortcut for an easy story.’
      • ‘The eight-bedroom house was completely renovated on his orders and the most modern conveniences installed, including electric windows and blinds.’
      appliance, amenity, facility, device, labour-saving device, gadget, machine
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  • 2British count noun A public toilet.

    ‘the large council car park next to the public conveniences’
    • ‘Talking of bogs, Local Authority cut-backs in the last year have meant that vast numbers of public conveniences have been closed.’
    • ‘All over Europe clean, attended public conveniences have disabled facilities.’
    • ‘Local authorities are not obliged to provide public conveniences, but if they do they ought to be kept clean and functional, even if it means charging the public for using them.’
    • ‘The survey of how happy people were with the facilities had the region in bottom place with only 18 per cent of Yorkshire people pleased with public conveniences.’
    • ‘The nearest public conveniences in Chantry Lane do not have any disabled facilities.’
    • ‘We arrived home to the revelations about how disgusting York's public conveniences had been allowed to become over the Bank Holiday.’
    • ‘They don't realise when they're lurking around the public conveniences at the southern end of the bus station that the meridian passes immediately through the cubicles.’
    • ‘There were scores of them yesterday, hanging around on the steps beside the takeaway, skulking outside Bow Church gates and lurking on the traffic island by the disused public conveniences.’
    • ‘He said while district councils did not have a statutory duty to provide public conveniences they had inherited most from the former rural district and borough councils.’
    • ‘And they are anxious about dismal public transport, dirty public conveniences, rip-off days out and restaurants that are anti-children.’
    • ‘The town centre has been deprived of public conveniences since the Orchard Gate facilities were closed down, due to vandalism, back in July.’
    • ‘At Exhibition Square, plumbing problems left the toilets blocked and today the council admitted other public conveniences around the city had not been subject to their usual cleaning routine.’
    • ‘A recent survey of residents found that 60 per cent felt more public conveniences were needed at that end of the village.’
    • ‘Campaigners fighting to save public conveniences at a popular beauty spot from closure have been heartened by a response to their concerns from a leading health official, reports Mike Addison.’
    • ‘If funding cannot be obtained for a warden, the alternative could be visitors having to travel to Cross Hills to use its public conveniences.’
    • ‘A consultation document prepared by Mr Smith last year foresees all the present public conveniences closed down and replaced by just two new attended toilet blocks.’
    • ‘The budget also includes investment in an arts centre for the district, increased resources for street cleaning and improvements to car parks and public conveniences.’
    • ‘The public conveniences were visited by independent judges who took into account factors such as cleanliness, friendliness and accessibility.’
    • ‘Matters of sanitation as regards to public conveniences are equally an issue of the past as decent toilets are non-existent.’
    • ‘Councillors were being asked their views on a partnership agreement with South Lakeland District Council, which would have safeguarded one set of public conveniences in the town for a further year.’

Phrases

  • at one's convenience

    • At a time or place that suits one.

      ‘do make an appointment at your convenience’
      • ‘Why shouldn't an NHS patient be able to book an appointment for an operation at their convenience, just like they could if they paid for it?’
      • ‘Under the new system records will be accessible to GPs, doctors and paramedics, and patients will have the right to book hospital appointments at their convenience.’
      • ‘Oh, yes, please contact me at your convenience.’
      • ‘Chocolate is a cheap thrill, a pleasure you can savour at your convenience in the company of others or completely alone… and it is rarely disappointing.’
      • ‘You can choose any week or month at your convenience.’
      • ‘We deal with thousands of patients directly and by telephone, allocating appointments at their convenience or as quickly as possible.’
      • ‘Someone is always there to sign for your packages, which you then pick up at your convenience (for less cost than home delivery).’
      • ‘I am confident that I possess all the necessary qualifications for the position and am ready to meet with you at your convenience.’
      • ‘The signatories offered ‘to call and have an exploratory discussion at your convenience.’’
      • ‘Wouldn't it be easier if someone - or something - in your home, available at your convenience, and coldly judgemental without being mean, could teach you how to sing?’
      at a convenient time, at a time that suits you, when it suits you, at your leisure, in your own time, when you have a minute, when you can
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  • at one's earliest convenience

    • As soon as one can without difficulty.

      ‘please telephone me at your earliest convenience’
      • ‘Remember to fill up your full membership form and return to the Club Secretary at your earliest convenience.’
      • ‘Application forms requesting identification cards have recently been delivered from the electoral office and this is to remind you to return them completed at your earliest convenience.’
      • ‘Subscribers wishing to discontinue with the Messenger please inform Maura at your earliest convenience.’
      • ‘Please contact me at your earliest convenience to discuss the status of your investigation, and what actions you intend to take.’
      • ‘Could any persons who still have outstanding dinner dance ticket money please hand it in at your earliest convenience to any committee member.’
      • ‘Therefore we would be grateful if you could bring your sessions to a close at your earliest convenience.’
      • ‘Please let me know at your earliest convenience what your actual breastfeeding policy is and how it is implemented in practice.’
      • ‘I would be grateful for your attention in this matter at your earliest convenience.’
      • ‘I hope to hear from you at your earliest convenience.’
      • ‘Please send your contributions at your earliest convenience, but no later than 10 March.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin convenientia, from convenient- ‘assembling, agreeing’, from the verb convenire (see convene).

Pronunciation

convenience

/kənˈviːnɪəns/