Definition of convenience in English:



  • 1[mass 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’
    • ‘It is now common for many families to ‘alter their customs’ to suit their convenience.’
    • ‘These two new access channels will offer customers greater convenience and provide two additional modes of transacting business with their branches.’
    • ‘Apart from providing convenience and comfort, they look trendy too.’
    • ‘Before your Honour leaves the Bench, could I thank your Honour for relisting the matter to suit my convenience this morning.’
    • ‘‘The network needs to evolve in a way that meets the geographic convenience of our customers,’ he added.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People expressed concern about buses replacing trains, and the loss of convenience, comfort and safety that rail offers.’
    • ‘And many of us require substantially more to meet our perceived needs of comfort, convenience and transportation.’
    • ‘Elegantly designed with clean lines, the bathrooms provide comfort and convenience, right down to the thermostatically controlled bathtaps.’
    • ‘‘It is yet another attempt to provide better services and increase passenger convenience,’ says a press note.’
    • ‘Reporters can choose criteria to suit their convenience.’
    • ‘That would certainly suit our convenience, your Honour.’
    • ‘So, there is a very strong argument on the basis of convenience for staying further proceedings.’
    • ‘This would increase customer convenience and also drive ‘warm’ sales leads direct to the company's skilled staff, making a sale more likely.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This provides convenience for customers throughout the area as well as good service and support.’
    • ‘Questions of safety, convenience and access to services are now being asked by the residents of the ancient street.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With this scheme, the bank intends to improve customer convenience, reduce customer traffic at branches and create opportunities to generate a fee income.’
    • ‘That said, it is hard to beat e-banking for the 24-hour convenience it offers internet-literate customers.’
    benefit, use, good, comfort, ease, enjoyment, satisfaction
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    1. 1.1The quality of being useful, easy, or suitable for someone.
      ‘the success of the food halls in large stores is due to their convenience’
      • ‘But for many shoppers, there is no alternative: nothing that comes close to rivalling the practicality and convenience of the car.’
      • ‘A motoscooter ‘blends the stylish aggressive form of a motorcycle with the comfort and convenience of a scooter’.’
      • ‘Our frozen meals service was introduced a few years ago to offer suitable clients the quality, choice and convenience of this type of meal.’
      • ‘It has been praised as the ninth best venue for its shopping space, its convenience, comfort and accessibility.’
      • ‘Its product allows the consumer the convenience and quality of a Sunday roast without the lengthy preparation and cooking time.’
      • ‘It is regarded as the fastest-growing intercontinental airline with its excellent convenience and services.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They are an integral part of modern society, providing much of the comfort and convenience of everyday life.’
      • ‘It doesn't seem to have anything to do with the quality, value or convenience of anything I have to say.’
      • ‘When scouting for a location for your business, assess its convenience to potential customers.’
      • ‘The increase in popularity is owed to the comfort, convenience and safety of today's contacts.’
      • ‘It promises to ‘improve the convenience and quality of care’ by having the right information in the right place at the right time.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An overwhelming trend towards lifestyle convenience will favor portable, disposable formats for dairy products.’
      expedience, expediency, advantageousness, advantage
      ease of use, usability, usefulness, utility, serviceability, practicality, functionality
      accessibility, ease of access, handiness, nearness
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    2. 1.2[count 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Although modern conveniences have made managing a home easier, the time spent on housework has remained much the same.’
      • ‘Pampered by all types of electrical conveniences it is going to take its toll and force us to find alternatives.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now, the concept is replete with quick fills, personalised service by experts, total vehicle management and consumer conveniences.’
      • ‘The new software offers major benefits in functionality and operating conveniences.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘It usually takes three to five years to finish the updating work but modern conveniences like the telephone and Internet have aided their efforts.’
      • ‘Other electronic conveniences, such as VCRs, CD players, and personal computers, are still rare.’
      • ‘The directory is a convenience and service to members.’
      • ‘Rule 7: All tools, weapons, or mechanical conveniences must be obtained from the Acme Corporation.’
      • ‘For him, that joy and his historical view of slavery have made it easier to deal with the lack of modern conveniences.’
      • ‘Critical scholars and activists have long argued that nationality, ethnicity and religious identification are merely historical conveniences, accidents of birth.’
      • ‘That in turn makes humankind's tools and conveniences, like urinals, subject to the whims of politics.’
      • ‘There was a cell phone in the vehicle, partly a convenience and partly a tool of emergency equipment.’
      • ‘Such tasks were undertaken, of course, without modern conveniences such as electricity and running water, which only arrived in 1959.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The more conveniences we invent, the less time we seem to have.’
      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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All over Europe clean, attended public conveniences have disabled facilities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘We arrived home to the revelations about how disgusting York's public conveniences had been allowed to become over the Bank Holiday.’
    • ‘The public conveniences were visited by independent judges who took into account factors such as cleanliness, friendliness and accessibility.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The nearest public conveniences in Chantry Lane do not have any disabled facilities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A recent survey of residents found that 60 per cent felt more public conveniences were needed at that end of the village.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Talking of bogs, Local Authority cut-backs in the last year have meant that vast numbers of public conveniences have been closed.’
    • ‘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.’


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